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

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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.

Those bits of cosmic dust fall into our atmosphere, creating the bright streaks we see as meteors in the night sky.

This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although a year ago saw about 80 an hour.

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What better way to spend the night than out under the stars. The peak will be from 9.00 pm on Sunday 12th August to 4.30 am on Monday 13th August.

The comet that left the Perseid meteor stream is a piece of dirty ice about 26km in diameter called 109P/Swift-Tuttle. The meteor shower occurs every year when Earth moves through the trail of its orbit.

Every between mid-July and the last week of August the Earth approaches the comet's orbital path. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.

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

If you happen to be in a light-pollution-free area with nice weather, you'll probably be able to see about 60 or 70 meteors streaking through the moonless sky, according to NASA estimates.

"Even in towns or cities observed rates may still be around 10 to 20 an hour in the early morning hours when the radiant is high". Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors.

Cooke recommends steering clear of bright city lights in order to get the best view.

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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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