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

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars. Unfortunately, there's always the chance that bad weather like fog or rain will create unfavorable viewing conditions.

The comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object that repeatedly passes earth. This weekend (August 12-13th) marks the peak period to view the Perseids across all of North America.

The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that peaks in early-to-late August.

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

In addition, according to The Weather Network, the event is one of only three yearly meteor showers where up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, bringing pieces of the comet into the upper atmosphere that light up the sky as they burn up.

As meteors enter the earth's atmosphere they leave streaks of light in the sky, which some people call shooting stars. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said.

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Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment is needed, but those in rural areas with minimal light pollution will have a clearer view.

The Perseid shower is named after the constellation of Perseus.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever. Jupiter, Saturn and, last but not least, Mars will follow, sweeping in the east at about 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. respectively. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there.

On the odd occasion, however, the shower has been known to exceed all expectations during the peak.

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

This weekend's show is expected to be particularly spectacular.

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