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

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

"The moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", NASA's Bill Cooke told Space.com.

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the highpoints in the celestial calendar, occurs each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The display is also very weather dependent, as views may be hindered by cloudy skies.

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight.

The Perseid meteor shower is happening and Space.com says the shower will peak during overnight hours as Aug. 11 turns into Aug. 12 and again overnight on Aug. 12-13.

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Out of the two nights, the evening of August 12-13 will be the better night, as up to 100 meteors will be visible per hour.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

"The average particle size is that of large sand grain but some small pea gravel-size meteors can cause bright fireballs that light up the sky and ground", he continued.

Up! Seriously...just find yourself a piece of wide-open sky, without light pollution, lie back and look up. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment is needed, but those in rural areas with minimal light pollution will have a clearer view.

Dr Robert Massey, from the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear".