What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

Katie Ramirez
August 11, 2018

Stargazers could be treated to wonderful views across Britain on Saturday night with Perseid meteors set to light up the night sky. The bugs have calmed down, weather is flawless, you'll have a meteor shower to watch and the fire ban has been lifted at Algonquin Park.

According to NASA, just because this weekend is the peak of the meteor shower doesn't mean they can't be seen afterward.

If you do have a break in the clouds, be sure to look toward the north. If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo.

The Perseid meteor shower comes as Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, causing bright streaks that appear as though they're radiating from the constellation Perseus. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added.

Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them. The Slooh.com webcast, which you can also follow here at the Slooh website, will offer live commentary and views of the annual meteor shower. From our perspective, the meteors all seem to come from a single point called the "radiant", but that's because they are moving parallel to each other.

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

The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower.

Allow about 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

As long as it's a clear night, the meteors will be visible to the naked eye.

The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible.

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