"Professional and amateur astronomers will have a good chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower this year because the Moon will be just two days old at the peak of the shower and hence will not appear in the sky at night".
The Perseid meteor shower will illuminate Qatar sky from Saturday evening until Monday dawn, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced.
"The moon normally casts a lot of light and ... can end up washing out and making it impossible to see those meteors but we'll have a nice dark sky because the moon will be absent from the sky and even if it's just below the horizon there's only a sliver of it that's going to be sending light our way". That's more than a meteor per minute. "New Moon occurs on the 11th so it will not wash out the sky with its brilliance like other years".
Brad says the best view can be found away from city lights. Meteors should be viewable in nearly any direction. NASA will have live feeds that you can find here. According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. The Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year. This is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.
The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.
But meteor magnitudes work a little differently from star magnitudes, University of Chicago astronomy professor Leslie Rogers told Gizmodo, since the meteors also have streaks. However, sometimes the planet Jupiter affects what can be seen on Earth. Our earth is passing through the debris, also known as a "river of rubble", at this time. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour.
The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.