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


The Perseids meteor shower is often considered the most spectacular of the year, and this summer's show should be particularly excellent because of the phase of the moon.

This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year. Be sure to check your local weather forecast. "You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones. However, they can be seen clearest after sunset. The Perseids takes place every year between July 17 and August 24.

You can still see meteors before and after the Perseid showers peak, and you dont need special equipment.

The fall of the meteors will be at a rate of 80 meteors per hour and a 60 km/second speed.

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-The meteor shower is more visible from the Northern Hemisphere and some mid-southern latitudes, so people in the United States will have a prime view. "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show".

The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that's where the point from which they appear to originate, called the radiant, is located. The Slooh observatory will host a livestream of the shower starting at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

You can watch the livestream below.

The basic idea behind the annual meteor shower begins with a comet - basically a large ball of frozen ice and rocks that travels around the sun.

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While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet.

As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 37 miles per second, they burn up and streak across the sky.

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.

In Manitoba, the best time to see the meteors is at around 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Pahud said, adding any time around midnight will be good for viewing.

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When is the next meteor shower?

We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD.