Perseid meteor shower peaks overnight

Under ideal conditions, with a cloudless sky and no light pollution, up to 100 meteors can be seen every hour, the most spectacular displays occurring between August 10 and 14.

Meteor showers are the result of the debris tails of passing comets coming into contact with the Earth's atmosphere.

Each year Earth travels through the pieces left behind and can be seen as meteors shooting across the sky. Under optimal conditions - clear, moonless dark skies - at its peak, the shower can produce up to 100 meteors an hour. The Perseids are active every year from July 14th to August 24th, according to NASA.

Footage above shows the showers caught on film from Spain and Germany over the past two days.

As Earth hurtles towards the Perseid meteor shower, stargazers have been able to observe heightened activity in the night sky. People in the northern part of the country will have higher chances of witnessing the meteor shower, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) said in a statement.

One factor to remember this year when viewing the meteor shower is the presence of a 3rd quarter moon which will rise before 1 am on Wednesday morning and will be visible until dawn. The Swift-Tuttle comet is associated with the Perseids, so named because they appear to originate from the constellation of Perseus.

It has said 10 times more meteors than normal could be seen across Monday, with twice that due tonight.

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