Where, when and how to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India

Gwen Vasquez
August 11, 2018

The Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year.

Since it will be the brightest meteor shower in the year, you would not need any special equipment to watch it.

The annual Perseids meteor shower is the glittery result of Earth's passage through a stream of debris left behind by a comet, so you should expect to see meteor rates as high as 200 per hour - as long as you are away from light pollution and the clouds stay away.

In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity".

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

More news: Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

This year is an especially good one for watching the Perseid shower as the moon will be in its least visible phase so its light won't be dominating the sky. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added. That said, there are a number of steps you can take in order to get a better viewing of the cosmic display. Good luck out there, and if you get any good shots of the meteors, feel free to post them in the comments! Both nights this weekend will be great to view the meteor shower and the best viewing will be after midnight Saturday and Sunday.

The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light. Allow your eyes some time to adjust. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

This year, Europe and North America will have the best views. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady.

People can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the meteor shower from the grassy area around the observatory.

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