Watch Perseid Meteor shower over Qatar skies this weekend

Shaji Manshad  Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

Shaji Manshad Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

"The peak will be on August 11, 12 and 13 and the phenomenon can be viewed from 11pm until the dawn of next day towards northeast", Qatar Center for Space Sciences and Astronomy President Sheikh Salman bin Jabor Al-Thani told QNA.

Qatar's skies will witness a handsome astronomical event as Perseid meteor shower will be visible to naked eyes on Friday with more than 100 meteors possibly seen per hour.

The Moon will also make it a particularly bad year for viewing in Australia, where the peak will be around 6AM on August 12.

The annual Perseids spectacle takes place each August, when the Earth passes through a cloud of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, prompting ice and dust to burn up in the atmosphere.

But that hasn't kept it from becoming yet another casualty of fake news.

"To be honest, it's not a good year" for the Perseids, said Robert Massey, acting executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in London.

The shower will be best seen from the Northern Hemisphere, so the United Kingdom is in for a show if you look to the north-eastern part of the sky.

Space.com says that all you need to catch the meteor shower is some darkness and "a bit of patience".

Astronomy Ireland predict that you will be able see up to 80 "shooting stars" an hour.

If there is a full moon or a almost full moon, you may not see as many meteors. "No such thing is going to happen", Cooke says.

The usual rate for the Perseid shower is about 50 or so meteors an hour, but in some years, the number can reach around 150 per hour.

The yearly show got its name because the stars appear to fly out of the constellation Perseus. "I like a reclining lawn chair, a warm coat, and camera at my side just waiting for that jaw-dropping javelin of light".

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