Everything you need to know about this weekend's meteor shower extravaganza

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 10, 2017

Ali Al Shaibani, an Omani astronomer, was on hand to describe what caused the Perseid meteor shower, which takes place between the 17th of July and 24th of August.

The incident is the result of planet earth passing through a comet's path and the comet dusts eventually burns as it enters our planets' atmosphere.

Of course, open spaces and areas away from street lighting are the best viewing platforms. "Many people use telescopes to see these meteorites, but you can see them quite clearly with the naked eye as well".

According to Space.com, typical rates for this type of meteor shower are around 80 meteors per hour but in some years the rate can go as high as 150-200 meteors per hour.

He added that the best spots would be in the northern part of Qatar.

The meteor shower is the second astronomical phenomenon that residents in Oman will be able to enjoy this week: last Monday, a partial lunar eclipse was also visible to residents in the Sultanate.

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