Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Perseid meteor shower will peak before dawn on Monday and Tuesday

Perseid meteor shower will peak before dawn on Monday and Tuesday

It's that time of year again, when the spectacular Perseid meteor shower rains fire across the night sky.

In previous years, where the moonlight was not prevalent, one could catch over 150 meteors per hour during their peaks but because of the bright moonlight this year we could expect to see around 20 meteors an hour. "Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 shower members per hour at maximum", says the American Meteor Society.

Good places to watch the annual shooting star show include Aldergrove Regional Park, Porteau Cove, Spanish Banks, Boundary Bay, Whitecliff in West Vancouver, Burnaby Mountain and McDonald Dark Sky Park in Abbotsford. The almost full moon will wash out fainter meteors, but the fireballs and brighter streaks will still be visible.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs when pieces of the Swift-Tuttle comet hit Earth's atmosphere.

Shooting stars are about to rain down from the heavens and illuminate the night sky as the best meteor shower of the entire year, known as the Perseids, reaches its peak.

This meteor shower has been active since July 13th and lasts through August 26. The shower is best seen in the Northern Hemisphere down to the mid-southern latitudes.


Here's how you can still watch the incredible meteor shower from your smartphone, tablet or computer. The name comes from the constellation Perseus, from which the meteors appear to emerge.

Meteors are generally seen all over the sky, the space agency said, so you needn't worry about looking in the right direction.

Dozens of meteors and fireballs should be visible to the naked eye as they pass above Earth. Before then, the moon will already be low in the early hours and the brighter meteors will cut through.

The Perseids are caused by the Earth passing through the path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, according to Space.com.

Up to 100 meteors per hour could shoot across the sky tonight.

Presuming the weather cooperates for NASA in Huntsville, Ala., there will be a live broadcast of the shower on its Meteor Shower Facebook page Monday at around 8 p.m.

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