Perseid meteor shower: 'TEARS of Biblical saint' to RAIN DOWN this weekend

Perseid meteor shower: 'TEARS of Biblical saint' to RAIN DOWN this weekend

The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average. This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.

"Preparations have been finalised where visitors can lay back and relax to watch the complete Perseid Meteor Shower from our desert Majlis setting, without the need or use of any special equipment or telescopes, though visitors are free to choose whether or not to bring one", said Alsuwaidi.

Although we won't see the comet itself, we will still witness the trail of debris left by it.

One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is upon us again with the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field.

"This is the meteor shower people view most because it occurs in the summer, when the nights are warm and comfortable, when you only have to worry about mosquitoes", Cooke told Space.com.

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Why is it considered the best of the year?

Perhaps you might remember an fantastic meteor show back in the early 1990s? The moon will also not be an issue this year with only a crescent moon appearing.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

You might be able to catch a handful or maybe even a dozen meteors per hour in the weeknights leading up to the main event that will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening.

The meteors strike our atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour and create vivid streaks of light when they burn up.

"If you have seen a few of them you have seen them all", he said.

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