Here is when Perseids shower peaks in Oman this month

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

METEORS come from the small particles, around the size of a grain of sand, left behind by comets (and some asteroids) as they orbit the sun.

On Sunday night (Aug. 12) and into early Monday morning (Aug. 13), Earth will push through the densest band of the Swift-Tuttle debris cloud that our planet has access to.

The Perseid meteor shower is a prolific meteor shower which occurs every year in mid-August.

The Perseids are part of the 16-mile comet Swift-Tuttle's trail of dust, and they're named after the constellation Perseus, according to the American Meteor Society.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

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The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light throughout the month of August - but it's predicted to be at its best this weekend, according to NASA. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field. Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors.

Bill Cooke - NASA meteor expertHow many meteors will we see? Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.

The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

From Aug.11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour. And if you're intrepid enough to travel to a dark sky park, here are some of the absolute best in the United States. So that's the part of the sky you should anchor your meteor search from, but they will scatter across the sky as shooting stars from there.

"The meteors you'll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago", Cooke said.

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