Stunning Perseid meteor shower is at its peak this weekend

Egor Aleev  TASS

Astronomy lovers in Singapore may just be in for a treat this Saturday and Sunday (Aug 12-13) when the annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to showcase the most celestial action.

The result is the same even if 2017's Perseid shower is supposed to shoot more than the average 80 to 100 meteors per hour.

After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt, and you'll begin to see fainter objects, including meteors. But if they are located anywhere near the Jamaica Bay of the Long Island, which is about two-hours away from the city, they can watch the meteor shower on the Ruffle Bar Island of the Cedar Point County Park.

The Perseids were the first meteor shower to be linked to a comet when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted their association with Swift-Tuttle in 1862.

The Perseids are so named because the meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Perseus, the Medusa-killing hero of Greek mythology.

Sadly, the shooting stars won't be shining quite as brightly this year.

You do not need to look in any particular direction as meteors appear randomly anywhere in the sky.

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For anyone planning to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend, the forecast holds some bad news.

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

Your own worldly view will be enough as it is preferable to be able to see all of the sky at the same time so you can see more streaking fireballs that may be shooting across.

Last year's Preseids meteor shower event brought 250 spectators out to the observatory and the society expects the same number in attendance this year.

You'll have to say up late to see them however as the best time to spot them is after 1am. "To alleviate this problem one could try to view the display before the moon rises, which would be approximately 23:00 local summer time on the evening of the 11th", the IMO said. Try to be patient and keep a close eye on the sky and you'll probably get to make more than one wish on one of the meteors/shooting stars.

The best viewing areas are away from bright sources of light, so a trip into the countryside is best. The comets travel at extreme speeds of around 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second), which is around 500 times faster than the world's fastest vehicle is capable of travelling.

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