Perseids meteor shower on Saturday

The meteor shower, which looks like a fireball show, will be clearer and more lovely if viewed from dark places.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend, offering a chance for a celestial show of shooting stars.

But the presence of the moon might have a similar effect.

The Moon was full on August 7, and will have waned to approximately 80 per cent illumination by Saturday.

If the sky permits, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said the famous Perseids meteor shower will be observed during its peak in the late evening and early morning hours from August 12 to 13. But a bright, almost full moon and a cloudy sky will likely obscure the shooting stars, 90 of which can be seen every hour under the right circumstances. However, this winter, a particularly bright moon might steal a little of the limelight.

For the best experience, visit a remote or quiet area to catch a glimpse of the meteors.

The moon, which will be three-quarters full, will make it slightly more hard to see - as will viewing from the city.

"However, the waning gibbous moon will make it a challenge to see the meteor shower clearly", it said, adding that the moon was expected to rise at 10.16pm on Friday.

It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast.

If the peak is hidden by clouds, try looking for meteors again as soon as the night sky is clear.

What are the Perseids anyway?

While the 2016 Perseids display was considered an "outburst" of grand proportion with 200 meteors per hour, this year will offer a lesser 150 per hour, said Bill Cooke, of the NASA Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Ala.

Typically, the Perseids fall from July 17-August 24.

The name comes from their location.

A meteor's course can go anywhere in the sky but when you see it they will all seem to originate from the same place the shooting stars tails will all point back to the same spot in the sky.

  • Rogelio Becker