Meteor shower peaks this weekend

Meteor shower peaks this weekend

"This year, we are expecting enhanced rates of about 150 (meteors) per hour or so, but the increased number will be cancelled out by the bright Moon, the light of which will wash out the fainter Perseids", states a NASA blog.

Normal meteor showers aren't visible from big cities, but some of the Perseid fireballs actually burn brighter than some stars, which means they will be visible even from the downtown core as long as building aren't in the way.

Dubai Astronomy Group, an amateur astronomy group, is inviting people to join them to discuss the showers in a free for all event on Friday evening and then to view the shower at a soon-to-be-disclosed location for AED 100 on Saturday.

Bernama reported that the Perseids meteor shower is an annual phenomenon that occurs between July 17 and August 24.

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.

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"To be honest, it's not a good year" for the Perseids, said Robert Massey, acting executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in London. Known as the "shower radiant", this is where they are expected to burst.

Between 11pm and 3am is when the action should take place, with the best time to spot the display at around 1am.

The peak date however is Saturday, August 12. Fail that, try a nearby park. NASA suggests viewers find an area away from lights and allow enough time for eyes to adjust to the dark.

If you wear a baseball cap sideways, you'll also cover any glare from the moon.