Stargaz­ers to wit­ness Per­seids me­teor shower this week­end

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Stargaz­ers in the sul­tanate will wit­ness one of the dra­matic cos­mic dis­plays, Per­seids me­teor shower, light­ing up the sky this week­end.

The an­nual me­teor shower be­gan on July 17 and will con­tinue un­til Au­gust 24, of­fer­ing the best chance to see it on Au­gust 12, around 9pm and early morn­ing hours of Au­gust 13.

Ali Amur al Shaibani, an Omani as­tronomer and mem­ber of the Arab Union for As­tron­omy and Space Sciences, said en­thu­si­asts must go at a spot with clear sky view with­out any ur­ban light pol­lu­tion, and look to­wards the north­east.

“They will be able to watch it with naked eyes. Per­seids oc­curs nor­mally ev­ery year in Au­gust with a flare rate of about 80-100 per hour at 60km per sec­ond speed. But this year the Per­seids rates will be about half of what they would be nor­mally be­cause of the bright moon­light,” Shaibani said.

As­tro-en­thu­si­ast Issa al Shaikh said that he has ar­ranged a camp­ing trip this week­end at Jebel Shams Re­sort to watch the shower with his friends. “I will bring my own te­le­scope to ob­serve Jupiter and Saturn on the same night.”

Jebel Shams, Jebel Akhdar and other moun­tain­ous ar­eas pro­vide the best place to watch Per­seids me­teor shower and other as­tro­nom­i­cal events be­cause of the low rate of light pol­lu­tion and clear sky view. “There are many peo­ple in Oman and abroad who visit th­ese places to en­joy stargaz­ing in pleas­ant weather es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mers,” Shaibani said.

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