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n. pl. Per·se·ids or Per·se·i·des (pər-sē′ĭ-dēz′)
One of a shower of meteors that appears to originate in the vicinity of the constellation Perseus during the second week of August.

[From Latin Perseus, the constellation Perseus; see Perseus, or from Greek Persēides, pl. of Persēis, offspring of Perseus (from Perseus, Perseus).]
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(Celestial Objects) any member of a meteor shower occurring annually around August 12th and appearing to radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus
[C19: from Greek Persēides daughters of Perseus1]
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(ˈpɜr si ɪd)

any of a shower of meteors appearing in August and radiating from a point in the constellation Perseus.
[1875–80; Perse (us) + -id1, or directly < Greek Perseídēs offspring of Perseus]
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THOUSANDS of shooting stars will rain in the sky again tonight as the Perseid meteor shower continues to be at it peak.
Tribune News Network Doha THE Perseid meteor shower illuminated the Qatari sky on Monday evening, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has said, adding the celestial spectacle will be visible until the dawn of Tuesday (August 13).
The Perseid meteor shower puts on a breathtaking celestial display every August and this weekend is the best time to see it.
Weather permitting, attendees will get a close-up view of the Perseid meteor shower and constellations through a telescope, which will be available to attendees for $2 per person.
Besides tanning by the beach and putting your feet up, there's one more thing August in Cyprus is known for and that's the Perseid meteor showers.
Perseid meteor shower caught the eye of many photographers.On its website the American TV station ABC published on its website a selection of the five best photos of this year's Perseid meteor shower.
Stargazers can expect a spectacular celestial sighting this weekend, as the Perseid meteor shower is set to peak.
Stargazers and sky watchers will be in for a treat during the month of August, when the Perseid Meteor Shower will be on its peak on the nights of August 12 th and 13 th .
THIS weekend is expected to be the best time in the year to witness the Perseid Meters Shower - that delivers up to 100 shooting stars a minute.
Cypriots are advised to look skywards this weekend as the dazzling Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak, with the dedicated group of starwatchers gathering in Kyperounda, Troodos on Sunday evening.
The Perseid meteor shower will illuminate Qatar sky from Saturday evening until Monday dawn, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced.