Perseid Meteor Shower Illuminates Qatar Sky next Sunday

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The "Perseid meteor" meteor shower will illuminate the sky from the evening of Sunday, August 12, 2018, till dawn of Monday, August 13, hence the residents of Northern Hemisphere including Qatar resident will have a good chance to seeing and observing Perseid meteor shower. Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced. 


Astronomer expert at (QCH) Dr. Beshir Marzouk said the Perseid meteor shower is usually active every year from July 23 till August 24, while its peak will be starting from evening of August 12, till dawn of August 13. Moreover, Perseid meteor shower is one of important meteors showers seen from Earth, where the average rate of showers flow will be 100 Perseid meteors per hour according to astronomer experts on meteors shower observations.

Qatar and the countries of all Northern Hemisphere residents not need an astronomical instrumentations to see Perseid meteor shower; because they can see it with naked eye from places without light and environment pollutions (pure sky), and darker places, only they need to look to northeast direction of sky to can observe Perseid showers, moreover they can take a nice photo for Perseid meteor shower by using recent digital cameras, but they must increase an exposure time of camera when taking a photo to can get best photos for Perseid meteor shower. Dr. Beshir Marzouk added.

Perseid meteor shower is created by debris from "Swift-Tuttle Comet"; where the Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind during last week of July till mid-August every year.

Astronomers and astronomical amateur will have a good chance to observing Perseid meteor this year because the age of Moon will be 2 days old at the peak time of Perseid meteor showers, so the Moon will not appear on the sky during night time; where the set time of Moon will be at 7:12 Pm Doha local time. 

As known, the best time for observing Perseid meteor shower is at midnight till dawn time, while the best location is a darker location without light and environmental pollutions.

Astronomer expert at Qatar Calendar House - Dr. Beshir Marzouk