Perseid meteor shower firebolt leaves Islanders in awe

James Marshall
August 13, 2020

We were photographing for less than 2 hours and I can say that the peak is going to be great.

"On the night of 11 August, it captured an overall 61 meteors, 45 of which were classified as Perseids".

"On the night of 10 August, it detected 37 meteors in total, about half of which were Perseids".

Each year Earth travels through the pieces left behind and can be seen as meteors shooting across the sky.

The meteor shower began on July 17 and will continue to be visible until August 24. The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, where the name for the shower originates. NASA says these are larger explosions of light and colour that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. "Fireballs are also brighter, with apparent magnitudes greater than -3".

Under ideal conditions, with a cloudless sky and no light pollution, up to 100 meteors can be seen every hour, the most spectacular displays occurring between August 10 and 14.

Peak temperatures can reach anywhere from 1,648C to 5,537C as they speed across the sky. Spectators can see around 50 meteors per hour, and sometimes even more if conditions are right.

You can view the show in the North after midnight tonight and before dawn on Wednesday. There's no way to predict exactly how many you'll see on any given night.

The annual Perseid meteor display will be shooting across the GTA night sky until August 19th but the absolute peak viewing is Tuesday late at night.

Give yourself at least an hour of observing time, because the meteors in meteor showers come in spurts and are interspersed with lulls. This then helps them identify the meteors and their origin body's orbit around the sun.

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