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Qatar to witness Perseids meteor shower tomorrow…maybe

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The Perseids meteor shower, a summer spectacle of light, will reach its peak tomorrow afternoon, Qatar time.

Astronomers expect the shower, which is best seen in the northern hemisphere, to shine more brightly this time around because the moon will only be a crescent and cast little light interference.

But those of us in Qatar, which saw quite a show last year, may not get the full experience.

While the shower reached its peak during the nighttime hours last year, this time around, Qatar residents will best be able to see it from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. 

With the sun up, that might make the streaks of light difficult to catch.

Regardless of whether we can spot the showers, NASA will be live-streaming them tomorrow here.

It explains:

The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet’s debris.

These bits of ice and dust — most over 1,000 years old — burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere to create one of the best meteor showers of the year… Those with sharp eyes will see that the meteors radiate from the direction of the constellation Perseus.

If you spot any special sights in the sky tomorrow, please let us know!

Credit: Photo by Adcuz

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