The Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project in Sharjah has geared up its preparation for the Perseid Meteor Shower, scheduled to light the UAE skies on Sunday from 8pm to 1am.
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. Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells CBS News that this year, spectators will be in store for a better watching experience due to diminished moonlight -- or in his words: "We won't have any moon messing it up".
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But anyone deterred by the daunting hours will bee glad to know individual fireballs will start appear as early as 9pm local time when the skies are already darkened.
The best place to view the meteor shower is away from city lights and areas of light pollution; not an easy task if you live in an urban environment.
The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views. The best time to view is after midnight each night. If you want to do a night sky activity, this is the week and the timeframe to do it.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PERSEIDS: Every time a comet or asteroid orbits close to the Sun, the combination of heat and tidal forces puts strains and stresses on that rocky, icy body. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Make time to take in our handsome, dark skies.
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While you might be able to see some flares wherever you are, your best bet for spotting meteors in Baton Rouge will be at the Highland Road Park Observatory this Sunday.
The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August.
"What we're seeing when we see meteors are little dust particles lighting up the atmosphere". While numerous storms will be coming to an end by night, leftover clouds could obstruct the best views at times.
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