LOOK UP: Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

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A clear sky could make way for an incredible natural show of streaking fireball meteors and so far, (as of Friday afternoon) the forecast is looking ideal! "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 is expected to peak late in the evening Saturday into early Sunday morning, though a similar show could be seen Friday evening into early Saturday morning. So, inspired by a friend's tweet, I wondered - will city dwellers see the meteor shower?

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

One of the year's most active meteor showers, the Perseids, will peak overnight Saturday into Sunday and Sunday into Monday, with 60 to 70 meteors per hour. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added.

It's perhaps the easiest meteor shower for casual sky-watchers to see, given the bearable temperatures of August evenings, Henderson said.

When the "radiant" is highest in the sky, we'll see the most meteors.

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The Perseids got their name because they appear to come out of the constellation Perseus to Earth.

Thankfully for United Kingdom watchers, this particular meteor shower favours the northern hemisphere - so we're in a prime spot to witness it.

Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth, as many of them burn up in the atmosphere more than 50 miles above the surface.

People can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the meteor shower from the grassy area around the observatory.

The best time to view the Perseids would be after midnight each night, as that is when the greatest number of meteors will be visible. Smoke from the California wildfires that now covers parts of the western US may create hazy sky conditions capable of significantly dimming bright stars - and bright meteors.

Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

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