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The 2018 Perseid meteor shower could be especially dazzling

The 2018 Perseid meteor shower could be especially dazzling

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak.

This meteor shower and others can be seen in a time lapse from space in an interactive map provided with data from NASA Ames Researcher Peter Jenniskens.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower a year ago will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

This year it will be even more special - the moon won't be spoiling the view.

Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

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Every August there is an opportunity to see meteor showers and this weekend is your chance for 2018.

Those who live in mid-northern latitudes will be able to enjoy the best views, according to NASA. That's when the peak will start to build as Earth drifts through the most dense part of a cloud of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes by our planet and the sun once every 133 years. The Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year. This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there.

Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, NASA said.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky.

"If you have seen a few of them you have seen them all", he said. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky so try and find an open area, away from street lights. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.