UAE skies will light up with Perseid meteors this weekend
All eyes will be in the skies this weekend, as the Perseid meteor shower will be taking place.
The Perseid meteor shower will produce the greatest number of meteors worldwide on August 11,12 and 13, reports Khaleej Times. Spectators can expect to seee 50 or more meteors per hour if visiblity permits!
Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, Earth crosses the orbital path of comet Swift-Tuttle, the source of the Perseid meteor shower. Debris from this comet litters the Earth's orbit. The bits and pieces from comet Swift-Tuttle slam into the Earth's upper atmosphere at some 210,000 kilometers per hour, lighting up the night sky with Perseid meteors.
Dubai Astronomy Group will be hosting a public event on Friday August 11. Labeled as the 'Summer Celestial Spectacle', one can expect to see around 100 to 150 meteors per hour on the peak night in a dark sky.
The event will feature a talk by Dubai Astronomy Group CEO Mr. Hasan Al Hariri and also provide visitors an opportunity to look through Dubai Astronomy Group telescopes at other celestial objects including; Saturn, stars, globular clusters, nebula and other deep sky objects. The event will also feature live presentations, planetarium shows and videos about the night sky.
INFO: 8pm-10pm, Fri Aug 11, Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, Mushrif Park, Dubai