What you need to know to see this weekend's big meteor shower

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

And, with NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke dubbing the Perseids "the best shower of the year", this certainly isn't one to miss.

"Preparations have been finalised where visitors can lay back and relax to watch the complete Perseid Meteor Shower from our desert Majlis setting, without the need or use of any special equipment or telescopes, though visitors are free to choose whether or not to bring one", said Alsuwaidi.

The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views.

The comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object that repeatedly passes earth.

"Comets are spectacular and lovely and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit". Half of watching a meteor shower is waiting around for them to appear.

The fall of the meteors will be at a rate of 80 meteors per hour and a 60 km/second speed.

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The Perseids can be witnessed in the northern sky whenever the meteors enter Earth's atmosphere throughout the day. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead". It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting.

-The meteor shower is more visible from the Northern Hemisphere and some mid-southern latitudes, so people in the United States will have a prime view. The Slooh observatory will host a livestream of the shower starting at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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

Meteor showers are caused when meteoroids, who were once part of a comet or asteroid, start hitting Earth's atmosphere in streams.

The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour.

In addition to the Perseids, there will also be four planets visible in the sky on the nights of the shower's peak. Jupiter, Saturn and, last but not least, Mars will follow, sweeping in the east at about 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. respectively. 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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