Annual Meteor Shower Will Reach its Peak On August 11th

James Marshall
August 9, 2019

The peak of the meteor shower is coinciding with the nearly full moon. It happens when the Earth enters into the wake of the Swift-Tuttle comet. These meteors radiate from their radiant point in the night sky, and for the Perseids, that's in the northeast sky.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular sights in the northern hemisphere sky, occurring during July and August every year.

Visible from July 23 through August 20, with peak activity occurring around the night of August 12-13, these shooting or falling "stars" are meteors visibly streaking in the Earth's atmosphere.

Two nights later on August 11, just as darkness falls the full moon will look striking next to brilliant Saturn.

The best time to observe will be from midnight to dawn. Join us for a late night of watching the Perseid Meteor Shower from 10 1 a.m., Monday, Aug. 12 at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

You don't need special equipment or knowledge of the constellations. Though the window is smaller on the second night, it's worth it because that's when the shower is at its peak. If you head out after 9 p.m. once darkness falls, you should be able to see Perseids, just not to the extent that you could if you stuck it out longer. The name "Perseids" was given to those particles because they seem to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation. In fact, they note that in 2016 stargazers were able to view between 150 and 200 meteors an hour.

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

"Remember to let your eyes become adjusted to the dark - it takes about 30 minutes".

The meteor shower of this August will be accompanied by a bright moon which might make observing the unique show a bit hard.

To better enjoy the meteor shower, we recommend you to find a secluded area with little air and light effluence.

As for B.C. and Alberta, here are some hot-spots for your viewing pleasure. So get away from cities, even suburbs, and go rural.

Now that you know when to watch, what about where?

"People should consider viewing meteors during the nights leading up to the peak", Samuhel said.

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