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From start to finish, the Perseids run from around July 23 to August 20, each year, but the stream of debris has a more concentrated core, which produces a "peak" to the meteor shower, either on the night of August 11-12 or August 12-13. Perseids occurs normally every year in August with a flare rate of about 80-100 per hour at 60km per second speed.

Swift-Tuttle itself is a periodic comet with an orbital period of 133 years. A good number of Perseid meteors will be bright, so you should be able to see Perseids, despite the moonlit glare. How spectacular? A normal August meteor shower brings a meteor per minute, or 60 per hour. These meteors are actually specks of rock that have broken off Comet Swift-Tuttle and continued to orbit the Sun until they vaporize in Earth's atmosphere. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

The weekend will be showered with 150 meteors per hour, so imagine how many will be lighting the sky in 3 nights! It may be that we've debunked that exhausted "Mars will be as big as the Moon" meme enough that the internet needed something new to go viral. Though Perseid meteors do not pose any threat to Earth, outbursts could pose threats to spacecrafts in the area.

But the moon will not fully rise until around 11pm on Sunday, giving viewers plenty of time to observe the dark skies. It can be seen every year when Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris. Now imagine yourself being back in 1833, on the night of November 12.

Meteors - colloquially referred to as shooting stars - will be recognised by the untrained eye as thin streaks of light that dart fleetingly across the sky; blink, and you miss them.

Ali Amur al Shaibani, an Omani astronomer and member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, said enthusiasts must go at a spot with clear sky view without any urban light pollution, and look towards the northeast.

Regardless of where you live, many provincial parks offer a great place to view these events, even if you have to stick to the parking lot at night.


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