The past few weeks have been an eventful affair for star gazers across UAE what with the longest lunar eclipse of the century and the solar eclipse that kept them hooked to their telescopes. Yet another phenomenal celestial event is expected to provide a visually satisfying treat to Dubai residents next week.
The annual Perseid meteor shower will brighten the skies of Dubai on August 12. The shower can be witnessed without the use of instruments such as telescopes and can be viewed with the naked eye. The Dubai Astronomy Group is organizing a Perseid Meteor Shower party in the Al Qudra desert on the eve of the shower. Residents can head to the venue to catch a glimpse of the cosmic display.
Meteor showers are nothing more than light materials that are pushed out of comets in the solar system. These are sucked by the sun and then evaporate, leaving a trail of dust in their wake. The comet does leave a lot of debris behind that are then left in space and eventually burn in the upper atmosphere. The meteor shower produces 100-150 meteors every hour. The activity will peak from 2 am to 4 am on the night of August 12 leading to the celestial fireworks.