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Perseid meteor shower in Egypt skies until Sunday

Perseid meteor shower in Egypt skies until Sunday

The peak of the meteor show is during the daylight hours Saturday, so Friday night on into Saturday morning is the best time to see anything. And now, the Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak on the night of August 11, and will also be visible on August 12 and 13. You won't be seeing as many meteors an hour, but you'll be able to see more of them than if they're washed out by the moon's light.

"A meteor every couple of minutes is good, and certainly worth going outside to look, but it is hardly the 'brightest shower in human history, ' " Cooke noted.

The Perseids can be seen every year when Earth passes through the trail of the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

"One has to look at Northeast horizon of Qatar sky to see Perseid meteor shower".

Before that discovery, the bright lights of the meteor showers and other astronomical events had long inspired shock and dread in many people, Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, writes in a blog post. NASA says they're expecting about 150 meteors per hour.

According to interest group Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy co-founder Gary Chee, the best time to observe the showers would be just before the moon rises - when it is not lighting up the sky - and after midnight, when the radiant point is higher.

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The Perseid shower may be a little more hard to view this year because of the almost full moon.

The Perseid meteors are the most consistent and productive of the annual meteor displays, said astronomer Geoff Chester of the Naval Observatory, who explained they are usually fast and bright.

"I think many meteor researchers would give that award to the 1833 Leonids, which had rates of tens of thousands, perhaps even 100,000, meteors per hour".

That said, cloud cover may be an issue, Gilmore said, but those clouds should gradually clear out through early Saturday morning before dawn.

Scattered thunderstorms are possible in the D.C. area into Saturday evening, but there's a good chance they diminish and at least partial clearing begins after sunset. The general rule when it comes to selecting your viewing spot is the darker, the better, so eagle-eyed stargazers should aim to venture away from the light pollution of towns and cities.

Just look up! The meteors will be seen as streaks across the sky.


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