Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

During the Perseid meteor showers, most visible across the USA on Sunday, Aug. 12, and Monday, Aug. 13, people may witness 50 to 100 meteors per hour in clear, summer night skies.

This shower occurs every August when Earth passes through the debris left by a comet. Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors. The Perseids started at the end of July, but the peak is on 12-13 August - which makes it a flawless weekend!

He said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids, which are rich in fireballs, probably the best shower of 2018". However, just like people, each year's meteor shower exhibits its own personality.

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

The meteor shower will grow more spectacular through the weekend with top performance between midnight and dawn Sunday and Monday.

Perseids meteor shower 2018: What is it?




The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light.

As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze. For the best viewing, make sure you get away from city lights. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.

We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower, including how and where to watch them. And some are from other weaker showers also active right now, including the Alpha Capricornids, the Southern Delta Aquariids, and the Kappa Cygnids.

The worldwide meteor network forecasted that the meteors can travel up to 60 kilometers per second and that the shower will originate from the Perseus constellation.

High pressure over the Upper Mississippi River Valley will aid in clear, overnight skies and comfortable low temperatures for mid-Missouri in the middle 60s.

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