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

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Dim meteors appear as a momentary flash of light while the brighter ones leave a glowing streak.

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. The best time to view is after midnight each night. This weekend (August 12-13th) marks the peak period to view the Perseids across all of North America. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there.

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).

On the odd occasion, however, the shower has been known to exceed all expectations during the peak. Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views.

Once they show up in the sky, the Perseids appear to radiate from the Constellation Perseus which has earned them their namesake.

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

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

The space expert said: "The best observed rates are found when the Perseid radiant is highest in the sky during the pre-dawn hours, but even in the mid-evening from 10pm the radiant is already at a quite favourable elevation above the horizon". Stargazers should be able to see around 60-70 meteors per hour during the two peak nights. However, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said he's inclined to lean toward the night of August 12-13 being a better show. However, this year there will be a New Moon the night before the meteor shower peaks, making an appearance just after sunset as a thin crescent, according to The Weather Network. Your rooftop may not be the best solution, especially if you're in downtown (you need to get as far away from light pollution as possible).

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