The Perseid meteor shower is going to be wonderful this weekend

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

"The moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent, and the shower's predicted peak is timed especially well for North America", Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope magazine's observing editor, said in a statement.

Forecasters expect the peak to occur the nights of August 11 and 12. What's more, the illuminating display is one of year's brightest, too.

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.

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The meteor shower is made up of particles that crumbled away from the 26 kilometre (16 mile) wide comet as it zooms in and out of the inner Solar System.

Astronomy website Slooh said: "In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the "Tears of St. Lawrence" because they occur near the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by the Roman Emperor Valerian in the year 258 AD".

If people know where Cassiopeia - a W-shaped constellation in the northeast sky - is located, they can find the Perseid meteors just below it beginning about 11 p.m. Saturday night.

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This weekend's show is expected to be particularly spectacular.

"Comets are dusty snowballs and when they come close to the sun they leave behind a trails of dust, and every year Earth's orbit has it sweeping through this dust trail", Pahud said. The best time to view the meteor shower is between 1AM and 3AM. Although you can snap a photo with nearly any camera, having a camera that allows you to manually control the exposure will be best. During the peak this weekend, up to 60-70 meteors may be seen per hour. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

In addition, according to The Weather Network, the event is one of only three yearly meteor showers where up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen.

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The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky. Our advice? Bring a rug, a flask of tea (or, you know, whiskey - pick your poison) and some insect repellent, and get gazing.

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