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

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At the meteor shower's speak on the night of August 12, you can expect to see between 60 to 70 meteors every hour.

"And interestingly, most of these meteors are amazingly small", she says.

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.

The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August.

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One of the most popular meteor showers of the year is expected to peak this weekend. But living in the Northwest means that many local elements are potentially conspiring against our view, including overcast skies, a bright moon, and smoke from surrounding wildfires. Originating in the direction of the constellation Perseus the Hero, the Perseids arise from debris left in the inner solar system as comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle orbits the Sun every 133 years.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be? From our perspective, the meteors all seem to come from a single point called the "radiant", but that's because they are moving parallel to each other.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor? They can reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower.

This weekend will be the best time to view the event with its maximum peak on Sunday night and Monday morning.

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Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky.

Those who live in mid-northern latitudes will be able to enjoy the best views, according to NASA.

The Perseids are known both for their epic "fireballs" - explosions of light and color that last longer than those from typical meteors - and for their long, streaking tails. However, with a little planning and some patience, you can get some truly memorable images. "You don't want binoculars". It is time to prepare for the Perseid meteor shower.

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