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Posted On: 10 August 2022 11:52 am
Updated On: 10 August 2022 12:14 pm

Perseid meteors to shine in skies of Qatar on 12 August 2022 - Friday

Fareeha Imtiaz
Fareeha Imtiaz
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Perseid meteors shining sky Qatar Friday evening

The Qatar Calendar House announced that the residents of the northern hemisphere, including the residents of Qatar, will be able to see and monitor the 'Pershaweya' meteor shower this year. It will reach its climax on the evening of Friday, Muharram 14, 1444 AH, corresponding to 12 August 2022 and will extend until the dawn of Saturday, 13 August 2022.

Dr. Bashir Marzouk, an astronomer at the Qatari Calendar House, said that the Pershawiyat meteor shower is one of the distinctive meteor showers. As it is one of the most intense and active meteors, in addition to the fact that the rate of its fall into the sky when it reaches its peak ranges between 60-100 meteors per hour, according to the estimation of astronomers specializing in meteor observing, and it is active annually during the period from 23 July to 24 August of each year. However, it reaches its peak on the 12th and 13th of August each year.

What distinguishes the monitoring of meteor showers is that monitoring them only needs a place far from environmental and light pollution; Therefore, the residents of the State of Qatar will be able to observe and see the Perseid meteor shower without the need for astronomical devices or telescopes.

How to view the meteor shower

People can see and monitor the Perseid meteors with the naked eye from Friday evening until dawn Saturday, by looking towards the northeastern horizon of the sky of Qatar from midnight until dawn, and modern digital cameras can be used to obtain images of the Perseid meteor shower, taking into account to increase the exposure time during shooting to get distinctive images of Perseid meteors.

Dr. Bashir Marzouk added that the comet "Swift Tuttle", which was discovered in 1862 AD, is the source of the Perseid meteor shower. This is due to the passage of the Earth near the grains of dust left by the comet (Swift Tuttle) during the month of August of each year, and these grains intersect with the Earth's atmosphere, and a flash occurs in the Earth's atmosphere.

Knowing that the phenomenon of meteors, in general, occurs as a result of the Earth's passage near the fine debris and dust grains left by comets.

It is noteworthy that the reason for the name "Pershawiyat" meteors with this name is that it appears near the constellation "Perseus" (the holder of the head of al-Ghul), and this constellation appears in the form of the man holding the head of al-Ghul.

It must be taken into account that the best places to see the Perseid meteors are the darkest places, and far from residential areas that contain light and environmental pollutants that may hinder the vision of the meteors, while the best times to see the Perseid meteors are before midnight until the dawn of the next day.

Source & cover image credit: QNA