The Year’s Brightest Meteor Shower To Dazzle BC Skies This Week

The Perseid meteor shower will be visible around the world this weekend, and experts say stargazers can expect the show to be a spectacular one.

You can still see meteors before and after the Perseid showers peak, and you dont need special equipment. Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells CBS News that this year, spectators will be in store for a better watching experience due to diminished moonlight -- or in his words: "We won't have any moon messing it up".

If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.

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What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. The Perseids started in July 17 and will continue up to 24th August 2018.

Saturday and Sunday night, August 11th and 12th, mark the peak of the meteor shower that is already going on.

The fall of the meteors will be at a rate of 80 meteors per hour and a 60 km/second speed. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts. Look to the northeast about 40 degrees off the horizon.

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Not only will the night sky be dark, but also clear, according to Matt Walters, a meteorologist with Topeka's National Weather Service.

You can watch the livestream below. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady.

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

The basic idea behind the annual meteor shower begins with a comet - basically a large ball of frozen ice and rocks that travels around the sun. "Comets and asteroids leave tiny bits of themselves in the orbital path that they take around the sun".

What else should I look out for in the sky?

The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise. Mars and Saturn will also be visible at different points.

Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016.

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