Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky

Chong with the stargazers at the Lim Choon Kiat Observatory

Perseids are debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which Earth passes through every August.

This biggest meteor shower of the year is going on this weekend, and Saturday night is the most optimal time to see it.

The comet last passed by Earth in 1992 and will swing by again in 2126.

According to Space.com, "Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016), the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour", NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said.

In August of 2018, the Perseid meteor shower will be pretty incredible, as the peak night for seeing it will coincide with a new moon.

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Hundreds of the meteors are expected to be visible from across the world, weather depending. "You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors". The best time to look up will be after midnight - aka early in the morning of August 13 - when the sky will be darkest.

The Perseids are called so because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus. However, the meteors will streak across the sky in all directions, so it doesn't really matter.

Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar are the best places to watch the shower because of the low rate of light pollution and clear sky-view without any urban light pollution. You will also want to be patient. "It can take your eyes as long as 20 to 30 minutes to fully adapt to darkness after being in a normally lit room".

The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor. "So be sure you can at least devote an hour or more to viewing to be able to get the best show".

But you don't have to me a club member to watch the meteors at the park.

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