Where to watch meteor shower in UAE next week


Where to watch meteor shower in UAE next week

Pablo Tucker
August 10, 2018

One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is upon us again with the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower.

You can watch the meteor shower on the Virtual Telescope Project's website starting from August 12.

People can view the meteors streaming across the sky anywhere away from downtown Lawrence.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour.

The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning.


The annual Perseid meteor shower happens when the Earth sweeps through dust that's left behind by a comet swift-tunnel, according to University of Manitoba instructor Danielle Pahud.

When is the best time to see them?

The meteors appear to shoot off of the constellation Perseus, which is how they get their name. Though the shower hasn't yet reached its peak, observers have already reported spotting short bursts of high meteor activity (15 meteors per minute) at times, as well as significant meteor activity (~100) over several hours. The Perseids are best seen after 11 PM, away from city lights, and while looking at the northeastern sky.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower, then it's worth finding a dark location; light pollution will inhibit your view of the meteor shower.

If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST on August 12.


The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).

In addition to the Perseids, there will also be four planets visible in the sky on the nights of the shower's peak.

This weekend will be the best time to view the event with its maximum peak on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.


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