Brad's Astro Extra: Best way to watch the Perseid meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower on Qatar sky next Sunday

But if it is cloudy, you will not be able to see the meteor shower. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the ideal backdrop for the late-summer nature show.

Because the moon reaches its new phase on August 11 - it will be just an early waxing crescent - and the shower's peak is in the early hours of August 13, the moonlight "shouldn't cause us any problems at all", said Chris Vessey, co-founder of Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown. The Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year.

NASA scientists advise that although they can be seen any time after 10 p.m., the best time to spot a flurry of meteors will be during the darkest part of the night, in the early hours before dawn, from 11 p.m.to first light.

According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower.

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Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. With the exception of some isolated patchy fog in spots, our skies should remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the mid 60s under calm northwest winds between 2 to 5 miles per hour.

It's considered to be the best astronomical event of the year, as around 60 to 70 meteors fall per hour.

Gianluca Masi, director of the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project, told Express.co.uk the Perseid shower is something no astronomer would want to miss. The Perseids are known for "fireballs" which are grain-size pieces of dust that burn up and radiate as they travel through the atmosphere at 59 kilometres per second.

People can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the meteor shower from the grassy area around the observatory. "The best instrument to use for any meteor shower is the unaided human eye, because you have the widest possible field of view". The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky.

Head outside after 11 p.m., when the Perseus constellation is higher in the sky.

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