Get ready for a flawless Perseid meteor show

The Perseid's shooting stars are caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet (Photo: Shutterstock)What are the Perseids?

So how do you see it? The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year", said Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The Perseids happen every year, but this year's crescent moon will make the sky darker, allowing the meteors to shine.

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

The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

You can tell if a meteor is a Perseid by following its direction backwards and, if it's coming from the direction of Perseus, it's a Perseid.

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Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers.

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.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope senior editor said in a statement.

If you want a better view by getting away from light pollution, there will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where its $3 per vehicle.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

Keen stargazers may have already spotted one or two streaking meteors since around mid-July when the Perseids started to appear.

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