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

Perseid meteor shower 2018

The Perseid meteor shower is happening and Space.com says the shower will peak during overnight hours as Aug. 11 turns into Aug. 12 and again overnight on Aug. 12-13. The Perseid are essentially a collection of dust and small rocks left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. So you can definitely catch them in advance.

By Monday morning, that boundary should have cleared and it looks like viewing conditions will be good for just about all of New England. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead". The Perseids happen every year, but this year's crescent moon will make the sky darker, allowing the meteors to shine. The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning.

Where are the best places to go to see the Perseid meteor shower?

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.

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It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

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.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

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However, you can also catch the odd meteor before and after these dates.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement.

So when is the Perseid meteor shower? But try one of the local parks. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

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

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Keen stargazers may have already spotted one or two streaking meteors since around mid-July when the Perseids started to appear.

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