It's meteor madness this weekend

It's meteor madness this weekend

The Perseid Meteor shower normally peaks each year during a new moon however it will not do so again for another eight years.

Associate Teaching Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UOIT Dr. Rupinder Brar says the annual Perseid meteor shower will be visible Saturday night, early Sunday morning and Sunday night.

Meteors passed through the sky at a rate of about 60-70 an hour, and sometimes more than one at once, as seen in Kozjak in the Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaGEORGI LICOVSKI/EPAHajnacka, Slovakia.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus. Traveling even a few miles away from bright, urban city centers can make a huge difference in the visibility of the Perseids shower.

Of course, the one other thing you need to view the meteors is clear skies, and, as usual in the Northwest, it will be a challenge.

Meteor shower watching and meteor counting is typically a fun exercise for young kids as well as college students.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. Wherever you are this weekend, do not forget to look up.

The shower is expected to be visible from across the country, but recommends viewers find the darkest place they can find to view the shower, to avoid light pollution from ruining the spectacle. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

Cooke went on to describe how viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids shower.

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