Watch Out For An Incredible Meteor Shower In The UAE Next Week
Get yourself out into the desert for a night of stargazing on August 12th and 13th, as the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower will be in full swing, and particularly visible in the UAE skies.
Thanks to a dark moonless sky, the Perseid Meteor Shower will be particularly visible, according to experts, with peak viewing time on the night of 12 August until the morning of 13 August.
What Is The Perseid Meteor Shower?
The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most popular and visible meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere.
NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told space.com, "Spectators should see about 60-70 meteors per hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor shower's peak will be visible both the nights of Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13."
Cooke adds that 12-13 August should see the "better show", but "Both, however, should be spectacular."
"This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight," Cooke went on to say. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it."
Where To Watch In The UAE?
Thanks to light pollution, big cities aren't ideal for meteor shower watching. Luckily for us, we're located by an awful lot of untouched land! So a safe drive out into the desert with a group of people makes for perfect meteor shower spotting.
As long as its a clear night, you will be able to see the natural phenomenon.
According to Al Sadeem Astronomy, here in the UAE the shower, "can be observed anywhere of the sky from 10pm all the way through dawn."
They add, "Fortunately, the less illuminated Waxing Crescent Moon will set early at night. Without any moonlight interference, the night sky will be darker, increasing the chance of seeing several bright meteors. A must have in observing this astronomical phenomenon is patience; lots of them and comfort."
It's also worth keeping an eye on the Dubai Astronomy Group, they often host group watches at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, inside Mushrif Park.