This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

For stargazers experiencing cloudy or light-polluted skies, a live broadcast of the Perseid meteor shower will be available via Ustream overnight on August 11-12 and August 12-13, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT.

Locally, Natural Bridge is offering an opportunity to watch the meteor shower between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity".

"Sky gazers just need to look to the northeast to observe the Perseid showers", Dr Marzouk suggested. They are tiny space debris made from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which is the largest object known to make repeated passes near the earth.

Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world, and sky watchers are expecting a "great show". "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added.

The short answer is, if you find a dark spot away from the streetlights and get your eyes adjusted, weather permitting, you might be able to see some. The meteor shower will peak this year on August 12th to get out and enjoy the view while you can. The radiant, or area where the meteors will appear, will be located just above the constellation Perseus.

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A number of planets will also be highly visible.

Nichols says to drive about 60 to 70 miles outside of the city for the best chance of seeing the Perseid Meteor.

Unfortunately, it's expected to be mostly cloudy for most of us at that time.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

This year, Europe and North America will have the best views.

The festival is aligning with the Perseids meteor shower.

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