Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

How to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Britain tonight

How to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Britain tonight

This year will also be great for viewing because the moon's current phase is near new moon and won't flood the night sky with moonlight. "The best instrument to use for any meteor shower is the unaided human eye, because you have the widest possible field of view".

The Perseid meteor shower of 2018 is nearly upon us.

This year forecasters say we could see anywhere from 60-70 meteors per hour but during outburst years (like 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors per hour. As long as skies are clear, Americans from coast to coast can see the meteor shower right overhead.

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.

Like all meteor showers it is caused by particles of comet debris entering our atmosphere. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added. According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. This annual occurrence is just one of the many cosmic phenomenon that we've seen this year (so far).

What is the Perseids Meteor Shower? "In December, you have the Geminids, which have more meteors per hour, but it's pretty cold and people don't want to go out and see them at that point", said Hendershot. Arriving by that time should give your eyes ample time to adjust to the darkness.

Some meteors could appear streaking across the sky for several seconds, leaving a trail of glowing smoke in their wake.

Both nights this weekend should produce a spectacle of streaks across the night sky.

A number of planets will also be highly visible.

This year, Europe and North America will have the best views.

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