What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower


The Perseids are caused by the Earth passing through a comet's debris field, according to the American Meteor Society.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show.

Every year in the month of August the skies are graced with what is known as the Perseid Meteor Shower.

"Although the peak is August 12 and 13, the subsequent two nights will offer good viewing as well", he said.

This year we can expect 60 to 70 meteors per hour with up to 100 meteors per hour at times.

One of the best-regarded meteor showers of the year peaks this weekend - The Perseid Meteor Shower.

The name comes from fact that the meteors appear to shoot out from the Perseus constellation.

But in order to enjoy the sight of "shooting stars", clear skies are necessary.

Conditions this year are expected to be ideal thanks to the darkened New Moon keeping the skies dark thought the shower. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation of stars the meteors radiate from. As they burn, they create a bright burst of light across the sky - traveling at about 37 miles-per-second.

No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

-Allow your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness.

"Residents of the Northern Hemisphere including Qatar will have a good chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower", QCH astronomer expert Dr Beshir Marzouk explained.

The short answer is, if you find a dark spot away from the streetlights and get your eyes adjusted, weather permitting, you might be able to see some.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.