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

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

And, with NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke dubbing the Perseids "the best shower of the year", this certainly isn't one to miss.

The Perseid meteor shower is a prolific meteor shower which occurs every year in mid-August.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon. Be sure to check your local weather forecast. "You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones.

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

So when is the Perseid meteor shower? The Perseids takes place every year between July 17 and August 24.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. The best time to see the meteor shower's peak locally is late Sunday night / very early Monday morning.

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This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the U.S. and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere. And human habitation in the area can be dated as far back as 10,000 years ago, making this dark sky park the most ancient site in America to view the Perseids. So if you can find a spot away from artificial light and free of clouds, you will be in for a great show! No special equipment is needed, just patience.

You can watch the livestream below.

Why does a meteor shower occur?

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.

Meteoroids are created when asteroids smash into each other causing small pieces to break off.

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24. 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.

As meteors enter the earth's atmosphere they leave streaks of light in the sky, which some people call shooting stars.

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