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

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

Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year. Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors. And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to ideal this year. Be sure to check your local weather forecast.

When is the best time to see them?

So when is the Perseid meteor shower? The Perseids started in July 17 and will continue up to 24th August 2018.

The Perseid meteor shower peak happens from August 11-13 with the night of August 12-13 expected to be the best time to watch, according to Faherty.

"Under cloudless skies, from a dark site, observers can expect to see between 40 and 60 meteors each hour near the peak".

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.

Last year's shower was especially active, delivering up to 150 meteors an hour expected at its height, and while this year the shooting stars won't be quite as regular, stargazers can still expect to see around 70 of them an hour.

But there is no need to search for the constellation because the shooting star will zoom across the sky in ever direction conceivable.

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

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

Why does a meteor shower occur?

The Perseid's shooting stars are caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet (Photo: Shutterstock)What are the Perseids?

The Perseid meteors are the cosmic debris and rubble left behind in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle as it barrels around the solar system.

"A meteor shower is a collision between the Earth and the trail of a comet or an asteroid", Dr. Faherty says.

What else should I look out for in the sky?

The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise.

The Perseids are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere in the pre-dawn hours. Mars and Saturn will also be visible at different points.

When is the next meteor shower?

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

The 2018 Orionid meteor shower will be visible from October 2 to November 7 and is expected to peak on the night of Oct. 21-22.

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