Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

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

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

This year, if conditions are favorable, the Perseid should be the best show of the year. This year, Perseid meteor will shower from the skies on the nights of August 11 and 12.

He said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids, which are rich in fireballs, probably the best shower of 2018". Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

Since the Perseids always show up in August, they often coincide with warm summer nights - flawless weather for viewing if you can avoid rain or clouds and get to a dark spot. Up to 60 to 70 meteors per hour could be visible.

The meteors appear to come from a point in the constellation of Perseus, hence the name Perseid. The meteors are tiny particles of dust and debris from that comet and are about the size of a grain of sand. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky so try and find an open area, away from street lights. No special equipment is needed, just patience.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope senior editor said in a statement.

In addition, according to The Weather Network, the event is one of only three yearly meteor showers where up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen.

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If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST on August 12. If you live in NY then you're kind of screwed and will have to settle with watching the livestream online.

The Perseid meteor shower is here!

Meteor showers are caused when meteoroids, who were once part of a comet or asteroid, start hitting Earth's atmosphere in streams. Over time, they will orbit the Sun along that same elliptical path.

The meteors strike our atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour and create vivid streaks of light when they burn up.

What else should I look out for in the sky?

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight.

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