The Year’s Brightest Meteor Shower To Dazzle BC Skies This Week

Perseid meteor shower

The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning. "You should be able to see some meteors from July 17 to August 24, with the rates increasing during the weeks before August 12 and decreasing after the 13th", NASA said in a skywatching video.

With a "new moon" in place, the sky will extra dark for the astrological show. What's more, the illuminating display is one of year's brightest, too.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The club will have telescopes for people to view different stars and even view some of the meteors before the peak.

Downloading a star-gazing mobile app can also add to the experience of meteor showers.

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards. Originating in the direction of the constellation Perseus the Hero, the Perseids arise from debris left in the inner solar system as comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle orbits the Sun every 133 years.

So if you're lucky enough to have a chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower, it sounds like you'll be in for a spectacular night of skywatching.

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Perseids radiate from and are named after an upside down "V" shaped constellation called Perseus.

But the meteor shower does not fully awaken until around mid-August when the Perseids peak in intensity. Debris from the tail end of this comet hits our atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour and burns up before it makes contact with the surface of the Earth.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

There's a unique opportunity to watch what may look like shooting stars putting on a show this weekend.

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.

Stargazers are hoping for clear skies this weekend so they can see the Perseids in all their glory. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

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