This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid meteor shower on Qatar sky next Sunday

Most of the state should experience clear to mostly clear skies each night.

The shower should be visible on both sides of the equator, although it is reportedly a better watch if you're in the mid-northern latitudes, meaning the top spots are European countries, as well as the USA and Canada.

The Perseid meteor shower is happening over the weekend, and at its peak viewers should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

Make plans now to stay up late or set the alarm early next week to see a cosmic display of "shooting stars" light up the night sky.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes. Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere.

Experts say the best views will be to the east, and observers should try to avoid built-up areas.

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But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from.

"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower. Smoke from the California wildfires that now covers parts of the western USA may create hazy sky conditions capable of significantly dimming bright stars - and bright meteors.

Here are 5 facts to know about the Perseid meteor 2018.

During this period, a small number of meteors will streak across the starry skies.

If you happen to be camping at a Provincial Park you likely picked the best weekend of the year. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

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