It's going to shower meteors August 12

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

Astronomers have projected a rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America, but only about 30 to 40 will be visible.

The Perseid meteor shower hits its peak this weekend in North America, with the best views available Friday and Saturday nights, but the bright moon, which turned full on Monday, is obscuring numerous fainter Perseids from view.

Believe it or not, most of the meteors from the Perseid Meteor Shower that form shooting starts are about the size of a grain of sand!

He added: "We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky". Moon rise for our area on August 12 occurs at 10:59 p.m.

McGillivray will be part of a group who will be watching at Aldergrove Lake Park in Langley on Saturday night.

"You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", he said. Skies will be mostly clear and things will be feeling chilly as temperatures fall into the 50s following sunset on Saturday. "But with this bright moon now, visibility will be less spectacular".

Just keep in mind the best viewing for meteors is as far away from the city lights as possible.

To see the shower in its full glory, stargazers will need to head to large, open spaces - the clearer the skies the better the view.

In the capital, open spaces like Richmond Park and Hampstead Heath could provide ideal spots to settle in for a night of stargazing.

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