Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

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

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

But for those who want to experience the meteor shower amped up to 11, getting to a "dark sky park" is an absolute must.

Every year, in mid-August, Earth passes collides with particles spread along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

During exceptional years, I've counted more than 300 meteors during a single night. Be sure to check your local weather forecast.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.

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

The Perseids meteor shower - one of the best cosmic spectacles of the year - is coming this weekend.

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

Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.

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

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. No special equipment is needed, just patience.

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

Why does a meteor shower occur?

The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus, which is where the meteor shower's colorful streaks appear to come from in the night sky. The Earth will pass through the densest part of the comet's trail on August 12th, meaning more meteors will be present during this event. "Comets and asteroids leave tiny bits of themselves in the orbital path that they take around the sun".

"Comets are spectacular and lovely and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit". Jupiter, Saturn and, last but not least, Mars will follow, sweeping in the east at about 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. respectively.

When is the next meteor shower?

As with other meteor showers like the Leonids and the Orionids, the annual phenomenon takes its name from its constellation of apparent origin.

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