Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky


Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky

Al Hariri said they were scheduled to gather in a dark sky desert area to observe and capture the view of the Persied Meteor Shower.

Earlier this week, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield chatted with one of our sister stations, Jack FM and talked about how up in outer space, you can actually hear the meteorites ricocheting off the space station.

We usually see more meteors overnight after 2am, but the moon, which rises a little before midnight, will be bright and drown out the fainter meteors.

The weather will be cooperating pretty nicely if you want to see some shooting stars Saturday night into Sunday morning!

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year as Earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

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

Seen from the Earth, the Perseids appear to originate from one place in the north-east known as the "radiant" which happens to be near the constellation Perseus.

Observers were advised to look in the opposite direction in order to best observe the space rubble flying for longer, away from the bright light of the waning gibbous moon. At certain times they could be close together and at others seem to disappear.

Dubai Astronomy Group (DAG) organised the Persied Meteor Shower event at Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre in Mushrif Park, Dubai. None of the particles are big enough to avoid destruction and reach the ground.