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Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Here is when Perseids shower peaks in Oman this month


Although the peak occurs this weekend, the Perseids are visible for several nights after that.

During this time, you'll see an incredible number of meteors.

But there is no need to search for the constellation because the shooting star will zoom across the sky in ever direction conceivable. According to the space agency, the annual meteor shower, also called the summer Perseids, stands out from most meteor showers by having a very broad peak of high meteor rates. But for those who want to experience the meteor shower amped up to 11, getting to a "dark sky park" is an absolute must.

People love the Perseid meteor shower because it's something they can view without any equipment; in fact a telescope is a waste of time, because the meteorites fly by so fast, Twarog said.

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show.

The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest; between 1am and the onset of dawn twilight.

"So every year when the Earth orbits the sun and passes through that debris field you get this stream of particles that pass into the atmosphere and gives you this meteor shower", Twarog said.

The meteor shower will grow more spectacular through the weekend with top performance between midnight and dawn Sunday and Monday.

This year the shower is aided by the darkened August New Moon lunar phase. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

This means we'll be left with a dark sky for the rest of the night, and only city light pollution will interfere with the show.

The Perseids are dust and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, AccuWeather explains.

Once they show up in the sky, the Perseids appear to radiate from the Constellation Perseus which has earned them their namesake.

Good visibility is in the forecast for both nights.

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