Perseid meteor shower in Egypt skies until Sunday

A treat in the sky awaits tonight as the best meteor shower show of the year returns.

Filipinos will be able to watch one of the year's most dazzling meteor showers this weekend as the Perseids meteor becomes extra visible Saturday night until early Sunday morning. You'll still get to see your average 80 meteors per hour up in that big night sky, which will be visible if the sky is dark enough and weather permits.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor". Thirty minutes is usually necessary to adjust to the darkness and to see meteors - if you are lucky you may see two to three per minute.

The Perseid Meteor Shower takes place annually from July 17 to August 24, when the Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle and debris from the comet pierce the Earth's atmosphere at 130,000 miles per hour.

Cooke also said that the record for the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history also belongs to the Leonids, which lit up the sky in 1833 to a point where people thought it was the end of the world. Look for the constellation Perseus in the northeastern portion of the sky. "The best Perseid performance of which we are aware occurred back in 1993, when the peak Perseid rate topped 300 meteors per hour".

However the relatively bright moon will wash out the view to 40-50 an hour.

Mostly cloudy today (perhaps partly cloudy for a bit) with scattered showers and thunderstorms starting to pop up around or shortly after lunchtime and becoming most numerous during the afternoon as a cold front approaches.

Another hurdle for viewing would be the rain clouds expected overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

The Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth.

Normally, around 80 to 100 meteors can be seen per hour. However, this makes it more hard to view the meteor shower because of the moon's glare. "That's good because they are bright, but bad because if you are not paying close attention, you may miss them".

To see them best, find an area well away from city or street lights and set up where you're shadowed from the moon's glare. The comet only orbits the sun every 133 years but when it does it leaves a trail of dust and small debris behind it.

  • Essie Rivera