Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Hoping to see the Perseids tonight?

Hoping to see the Perseids tonight?

However, "The Perseids will be a little more hard to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak", quoted Cooke.

"You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", he said.

Experts say that next year looks to be better because the meteor shower will coincide will a new moon. The park usually closes at sunset but members of the club will be there from 7 to 10:30 take in the spectacle. "The number one thing for astronomy - more important than your telescope - is a clear, dark sky".

The meteors, mostly no bigger than a grain of sand, burn up as they hit the atmosphere at 58 kilometres (36 miles) per second to produce a shooting stream of light in the sky.

The annual Perseids is predicted to be one of the most spectacular shows in years - with up to 100 shooting stars every hour.

According to Omani astronomer and member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences Ali Amur Al Shaibani, "The shower actually began on July 17 and will continue till August 24".

Just keep in mind the best viewing for meteors is as far away from the city lights as possible.

"I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday".

To see the shower in its full glory, stargazers will need to head to large, open spaces - the clearer the skies the better the view.

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