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

Perseid meteor shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see the meteors with the naked eye

Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors.

Meteors are bright streaks of light, which can shoot across the sky so fast they are seen in the blink of an eye.

Bill Cooke, NASA meteor expert, told Space.com: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower for 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.

Cooke says if you plan on watching the show, just relax, look up and enjoy the meteor show.

When is the shower peak?

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said.




The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

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

Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to August 24. The peak will be from 9.00 pm on Sunday 12th August to 4.30 am on Monday 13th August.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.

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".

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