Louth skies to light up with meteor shower this weekend

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

Where is the best place to see a Perseid meteor shower?

Although it will go on for a few days it will peak on Saturday, August 12.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs annually between July 17 and Aug 24 when the earth passes through a comet's path and the comet dust burns when entering the earth's atmosphere.

You don't require a telescope or any special instrument as Perseid meteor shower will be visible to naked eye.

The name Perseid is from the Perseus constellation, which is the area from which they appear to travel from in the sky.

What makes this meteor shower truly fantastic is the fact that it is packed with up to 100 meteors per hour. This happens every year on a very predictable schedule, beginning about July 17 until around September 1, with the peak in August, according to Sky & Telescope.

The natural phenomenon can be viewed without a telescopeHow can I watch the Perseid meteor shower?

However, you should have a good chance to see a few meteors streak across the sky.

To get the best view of the Perseids, make sure you are observing the sky on a cloud-free night.

The celestial event will be most visible in the pre-dawn hours.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that because of the brightness of the Moon, which will be three quarters full and shining high in the sky when the Perseids are peaking around midnight in the US, American viewers will see roughly 40 to 50 meteors per hour instead of the usual 80 to 100.

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