Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Here is when Perseids shower peaks in Oman this month

Here is when Perseids shower peaks in Oman this month

Meteor showers are caused when meteoroids, who were once part of a comet or asteroid, start hitting Earth's atmosphere in streams.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average. The comet is the largest object known to repeatedly careen by earth, with a nucleus of 16 miles wide.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD.

Although we won't see the comet itself, we will still witness the trail of debris left by it. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field. Stargazers can expect to see 150-200 meteors an hour, complete with streaks and fireballs. Bill Cooke, a scientist at NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office in Alabama, framed the phenomenon well in a 2016 interview with NASA. However, it's important to set an alarm clock, because the meteor shower occurs while most people are sleeping.

Why is it considered the best of the year? The moon will also not be an issue this year with only a crescent moon appearing.


You will be in for a treat as this means roughly one per minute.

Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear.

The good news is you will be able to see them with the naked eye. So that's the part of the sky you should anchor your meteor search from, but they will scatter across the sky as shooting stars from there.

If you want a better view by getting away from light pollution, there will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where its $3 per vehicle.

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