Perseid meteor shower set to dazzle Vancouver skies next week

Perseid meteor shower set to dazzle Vancouver skies next week

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The Delta Aquariids are often overshadowed by the Perseids, a much more reliable meteor shower that's active around the same time of year.

The show can be especially good this year because the moon is almost new when the shower peaks, said Cooke.

"Perseids are not only numerous, they are lovely".


"Up to 100 meteors per hour will occur during the peak night", AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel wrote, adding that aside from their great number, astronomers can also enjoy their luminescence and vibrant colors that appear differently in the night sky.

Most of the time meteoroids burn up before they reach the ground, but if one manages to reach the planet's surface it is known as a meteorite. According to NASA, a full moon at shower peak could reduce the meteor rates "from over 60 per hour down to 15-20 per hour".

Expect the best view of the Perseids the night of Monday, August 12 into the early morning of Tuesday, August 13.

But parts of North and SC also share the same "good" forecast for viewing, according to AccuWeather's visibility map.


For those across the southeastern United Stats, north-central United States and most of Canada, clouds are in the forecast that will obscure the sky most of the night. "The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so you'll still see Perseids; you just won't see the show you've seen on nights when the moon has not been around". Viewing overnight Sunday will give you less moonlight but fewer actual meteors.

Meteors will be seen until dawn brightens the sky on Thursday morning, when Perseus is near its highest point in the sky. The Perseid meteor shower is attributed to the particulates shed by periodic Comet 109P/Swift-Turtle.

They will seem to come from, or radiate from, the constellation Perseus, in the northern sky.

There's no need to look at a particular part of the sky to watch the shower, and telescopes and binoculars are not recommended. Summer meteor showers are charming and delicate, and people will be able to see the fantastic show in just a few days.


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