Meteor shower will be visible on 12–13 August

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AMMAN — The skies of Jordan and the Arab world will witness a meteor shower on the nights of the 12th and 13th of August. About a hundred meteors can be seen per hour. This shower, known as the "Perseids," is one of the most dense meteor showers during the year.اضافة اعلان

Astronomer Emad Mjahed from the Wadi Rum Observatory and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of Britain stated on Thursday that the meteors can be easily seen with the naked eye, without the need for a telescope or observation tools, as they will appear in the sky like “fireworks”, Khaberni News reported.

He called upon meteor enthusiasts to observe the shower from dark places far from light pollution, such as Wadi Rum in the south of the kingdom and other desert and rural areas, as these locations offer the best viewing experience, and the meteors will be more visible there.

He further explained that the source of the Perseid meteor shower is the comet "Swift-Tuttle." Astronomers discovered that it leaves a trail of dust around the sun when it gets close to it every 130 years. Additionally, Earth passes through this dusty trail on the 13th of August every year, which is why the meteors are abundant during this period.

He mentioned that some tourist authorities are preparing to organize an astronomical camp in Wadi Rum to observe the "Perseids" and the planets through telescopes.

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