Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Perseid meteor shower 2018

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.

If you intend to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, be sure to watch between midnight and dawn.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

The Perseids, which are the most famous summer meteors, will reach peak on Sunday 12th August up to early hours of Monday 13th August. It's all because of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which zooms close to Earth during its 133-year journey around the sun.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

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

From Aug.11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady. "You don't want binoculars".

Remember it takes your eyes about 30 minutes to fully adjust to the dark, and don't worry about acquiring any fancy equipment - you'll be able to see everything easily with the naked eye, especially if you can get out of the city and away from the smog and light pollution.

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show.

While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet.

Every August there is an opportunity to see meteor showers and this weekend is your chance for 2018.

What else should I look out for in the sky?

The annual Perseid meteor shower will be peaking this Saturday and Sunday night.

In addition to the Perseids, there will also be four planets visible in the sky on the nights of the shower's peak.

When is the next meteor shower?

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.

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