Before the eclipse, check out the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Alicia Guzman
August 12, 2017

You don't have to wait the ten days for the total solar eclipse to see something cool in the sky.

SHOOTING stars are not just something to make wish upon - they are an opportunity to witness nature at its most awesome.

The moon was full on August 7 and will have waned to approximately 80 percent illumination by Saturday.

NASA says the absolute best time to see the meteor shower will be in the predawn hours on Aug 12 (Saturday).

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Meteor showers happen when Earth's orbit passes through a trail of rocky debris left behind by a comet.

On this night, the moon will be around three-quarters full, making it trickier to spot the shower in the sky.

The ideal way to watch the shower, according to Nasa, is to "go outside between midnight and dawn" on August 12.

The National Space Agency (Angkasa) in a statement today said Malaysians would be able to see between 60 and 100 meteors an hour or up to 150 meteors per hour for areas free of light pollution during the phenomenon. With a chance of scattered thunderstorms on Friday night, it looks like Saturday night (partly cloudy) will provide the best chance to see some of the meteors streaking across the sky.

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The meteors will be sparser around at that time but, the IMO says, "these meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them". The space agency recommends that you "allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark", then just relax, "lie on your back and look straight up".

The Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth. Earth passes through the Comet Swift-Tuttle's path between July 17 and August 24 and our planet passes through the dustiest, most dense area on Saturday, which allows viewers to see the most meteors in the shortest time, Stunder explained. When Earth crosses paths with Swift-Tuttle's debris, specks of comet-stuff hit Earth's atmosphere and disintegrate in flashes of light.

They got their name from their location, which is close to the constellation of Perseus, a Greek mythological hero who killed Medusa.

According to NASA, the rumours doing the round that the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower on August 12, will be so bright that it will be visible even during the daytime are baseless. "You may see one every couple minutes on average, depending on the brightness and clarity of your sky".

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TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures will be around, with a low temperature of 64 degrees. This system is forecast to move toward the west or WNW at 10 to 15 miles per hour for the next several days.

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