Here is when Perseids shower peaks in Oman this month

Federico Mansilla
Agosto 9, 2018

Late evening and into the hours before dawn are the best times to see the meteors.

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer.

This year's show is predicted to be an "average" show by Perseid standards, with as many as 50-60 meteors per hour at peak.

The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking.

The phenomenon is caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up, appearing as bright streaks of light crossing the sky.

Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year.

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According to NASA, the previous night (August 11-12) will also be spectacular.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is upon us again with the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower.

Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever.

Bill Cooke, NASA meteor expert, told Space.com: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower for 2018 for people who want to go out and view it". For the best viewing, make sure you get away from city lights.

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