Perseid Meteor Shower: What should you know before watching?

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If you are a skywatcher or a stargazer, the Perseid meteor shower will enhance you with its beautiful shooting stars.

You will hourly see between 50 and 70 bright flashes while Earth is passing through the comet Swift-Tuttle’s debris trail.

This year’s expectations

According to Leigh Cummings, Vancouver Centre president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), if you will watch this year’s event, you will see how spectacular it is because of its lack of moon and the central place where Earth will pass.

The president added “They’ll be a streak of light that will travel across very quickly, so you’ll see this flash of light going across the sky. A larger one, you might see some color, you might get some burning of the oxygen and stuff in the air, you’ll get greens and that. And some of the ones, you’ll see a bit of a trail after. Those are quite spectacular.”

Learn how to watch it

The Earth is already moving, but you will be able to properly see the show on Saturday night and Monday morning.

According to Cummings, if you want to see it in its entire , you need to lay on a flat surface with no urban lights to bother you and where you can see the sky easily.

Do not use binoculars or telescopes if you do not want to limit your field of view.

He also adds“Wide open fields are the best. The darker, the better, the less light pollution, the better, so people that are in the interior or maybe up in Manning Park will get the best views.”

Do not be unpatient, keep looking up and stay warm. You can see the shower the best between 1 and 3 a.m.

Enjoy the show!

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