Muscat: The Perseid meteor shower is currently lighting up the skies of the Northern Hemisphere, including in the Sultanate, which will continue until August 24 morning.
Ashwaq bint Nasser al Siyabiya, a member of the executive committee of the Oman Astronomical Society, said, "These showers fall so often, as the earth revolves around the sun, it can pass the remnants of some comets or asteroids in its trajectory, so those rocky remnants enter the atmosphere at great speeds, and with the associated friction, they burn causing the phenomenon of showers.”
Every night one can see a meteor or two in the sky, but on specific nights every year the density of meteors increases and reaches hundreds.
She said, "At its peak, one can see between 60 to 100 meteors per hour from a dark place far from light pollution, and as for the annual date of meteor showers, it can be predicted. As these showers usually last for hours and may last for days or weeks, as is the case in the Perseids meteor showers, which began in mid-July will until late August."