Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Persied meteor shower peaks this weekend

Persied meteor shower peaks this weekend

Lloydminster residents will have a chance to get out of town this weekend and watch the 2018 Perseid meteor shower.

"This year, experts are predicting a maximum 150 to 200 meteors per hour during the Perseid shower, with most observers seeing 60 to 70 meteors", he said. It has a nucleus of about 16 miles wide and last passed by Earth in 1992, however, Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, which is what creates the Perseid meteor shower. The comet only orbits the sun once every 133 years, but the debris can be seen every year in the summer months.

This week, the possibility of seeing shooting stars increases significantly, as we run up to the zenith of the annual Perseids meteor shower.

Several planets will also likely be visible during the meteor shower, including Venus (around 9:30 p.m.), Jupiter (around 11 p.m.) and Saturn (viewable until around 2 a.m.), according to Space.com.


Blake said that on any given night, three or four meteors hit the atmosphere per hour.

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars.

The showers are active from July 14 to August 24, but peaks mid-August. The same times are best for Sunday night into Monday morning as well.

With the rate of 60-70 per hour, you can expect to see about one meteor per minute - so the longer you stay out, the more you will see. It might take your eyes a little bit to adjust to the darkness, so be patient. Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast.

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