When to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Manitoba this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak. And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to ideal this year.

So when is the Perseid meteor shower?

'This year the Moon will not be up there around the Perseid's peak, so it will not contaminate the sky with its light: so, the sky will be dark and meteors will be visible much better, provided you will go under a reasonably dark sky, ' astronomer Gianluca Masi told Metro.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle. However, they can be seen clearest after sunset. Half of watching a meteor shower is waiting around for them to appear.

Since the Perseids always show up in August, they often coincide with warm summer nights - flawless weather for viewing if you can avoid rain or clouds and get to a dark spot.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower, then it's worth finding a dark location; light pollution will inhibit your view of the meteor shower. For the best viewing, make sure you get away from city lights. But the best time to watch the shower is in the pre-dawn hours of 3-5 a.m. when the moon has set and Perseus is high in the sky.

Meteor showers are caused when meteoroids, who were once part of a comet or asteroid, start hitting Earth's atmosphere in streams.

"What we're seeing when we see meteors are little dust particles lighting up the atmosphere".

What else should I look out for in the sky?

The best time to view is after midnight each night. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise. Jupiter, Saturn and, last but not least, Mars will follow, sweeping in the east at about 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. respectively.

Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD.

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