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


Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors.

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light throughout the month of August - but it's predicted to be at its best this weekend, according to NASA. If it's a clear night, everyone should be able to see it, but this august is a different.

If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.

According to the USA space agency, the Perseids are well known for their speed and brightness. This creates the meteor shower, or the appearance of "shooting stars".

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky.

Every summer, Earth ploughs through this thick trail (this year, it entered the trail on July 17, and it will exit on August 24), allowing some of the comet's ancient debris to enter and burn up in our planet's atmosphere. As the cosmic junk - many the size of a grain of sand - enters the atmosphere, it burns up in a flash, appearing as "shooting stars" across the sky.

Perseids swiftly move across the sky at a speed of almost 40 miles per second.

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The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field.

The Perseid meteor shower is a prolific meteor shower which occurs every year in mid-August.

Can I only watch the peak?

In a similar way the Geminid meteor shower in December appears to originate from the constellation Gemini. So if you can find a spot away from artificial light and free of clouds, you will be in for a great show! Mars, Jupiter and Saturn should offer good views in the sky as well, according to Bjerke.

Plan on spending a few hours outside? And do not forget to let your eyes adapt to nighttime darkness.

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Roy Gephart is a retired environmental scientist and an avid amateur astronomer.

Watching meteors is a fun way to introduce friends and family to the enjoyment of the heavens.