Where/When to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this Weekend

Where/When to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this Weekend

The showers appear directly overhead, and on a clear night sky, you could expect to see about 60 meteors per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower peaked on the weekend between the night of Saturday, August 11, and the morning of Monday, August 13. With the moon in a new phase, the sky will remain exceptionally dark when between 70 and 150 meteors per hour may be seen, depending on one's viewing location.

The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

The Wye Marsh Wildife Centre on Hwy 12 in Midland is hosting a Perseid Meteor Viewing Event.

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The best way to catch the shower is by travelling out of the city (if you aren't already) to a quiet spot not affected by light pollution.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high. This year the moon is only a crescent and sets before midnight making the sky even darker. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. Historical observations show that Perseids has been a super active meteor shower for a long time.

You can watch a live stream of the meteor shower below, provided by the Virtual Telescope Project.

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