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

Perseid meteor shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see the meteors with the naked eye

This year there will be favourable viewing conditions. 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.

Forecasters expect the peak to occur the nights of August 11 and 12.

The Perseid's shooting stars are caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet (Photo: Shutterstock)What are the Perseids?

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field.

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The meteor shower is made up of particles that crumbled away from the 26 kilometre (16 mile) wide comet as it zooms in and out of the inner Solar System.

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

The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest; between 1am and the onset of dawn twilight.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

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As he was executed on August 10, many Catholics associate the Perseid meteor shower with St Lawrence, and dub the shooting stars as the "tears of St Lawrence" as they occur at the same time each year.

Though the Perseids can be spotted between July 17 and August 24, the best views will be from Sunday at 4 Monday at 4 a.m. EST, when the night is almost moonless. So you can definitely catch them in advance.

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. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

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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Good visibility is in the forecast for both nights.

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