Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Pablo Tucker
August 9, 2018

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower previous year will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

If you're planning on watching the Perseid meteor shower, bear in mind that it will take at least 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the shower should feature 60 to 70 meteors per hour at its peak. The best time to view is after midnight each night. The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning.

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.


Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016. But the best time to watch the shower is in the pre-dawn hours of 3-5 a.m. when the moon has set and Perseus is high in the sky.

By Monday morning, that boundary should have cleared and it looks like viewing conditions will be good for just about all of New England.

Individual Perseid meteors have already been spotted as early as July 16 but the best is yet to come this weekend.

As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 60km (37 miles) per second, they burn up and streak across the sky.


According to Dr John Mason of the British Astronomical Association, the meteors will start to increase in activity between 10pm BST on August 12 and the predawn hours on August 13.

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. Nope! Although the peaks are the best times (as long as there's no moonlight), annual meteor showers typically last weeks, not days... building up gradually and then falling off rapidly.

If you head out to a big open space with little light pollution you will have a better chance of seeing them.


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