Look up! The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks August 12

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This weekend between August 11 -13, Dubai skies will hopefully light up with an impressive meteor shower. It's fairly consistent each year, producing a rich and steady stream of meteors that are fast and bright in the sky, and that leave persistent trains behind them.

While the Perseids shower radiates from the constellation Perseus, the meteors are actually debris from the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. This is where the radiant is, or the point in the sky where the meteors will appear to originate from.

Many scientists regard this as one of the most exciting astronomical occurrences of the year as around 80 meteors fall per hour.

Last year, there was an unusual "outburst" with more than double the usual fireball activity as Earth passed through especially dense "ribbons" of debris within the comet's dust belt. The greatest show not on earth, the Perseid meteor shower, peaks Saturday.

The term peak is used to describe the moment where the meteors are most visible in the sky.

It is expected to peak this weekend - on the mornings of August 11th, 12th, and 13th. "Even though this particular meteor shower happens every year, not a lot of people get to see it".

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For this reason, the shower tends to be visible from mid-July each year. This could be a bigger player to your sight line to the sky. Cooke said the best show might be in the pre-dawn hours Saturday.

PAGASA pointed out that cloudy to cloudy skies except for isolated light to occasionally heavy rains, gusty winds, and lightning will be experienced over the whole country. Words can not describe this view, you have to see it for yourself!

Places like Hoshalli, Savandurga and Kunti Betta on the outskirts of Bengaluru could give you a better view.

While you can easily see a shooting star with the naked eye just looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of the Perseids from your location.

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