Perseid meteor shower set to dazzle Vancouver skies next week

Stars Above: Moonlit meteors and Mercury mornings

Stars Above: Moonlit meteors and Mercury mornings

The Perseid Meteor Shower is most visible at its peak on the nights of August 12 and 13.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth, during its annual orbit around the sun, passes through a stream of debris left in the wake of a comet or asteroid during its closest approach to the sun.

In ideal viewing conditions, you will usually be able to see between 50 and 75 multicolored meteors every hour during peak times.

According to The Weather Network, viewing might be a little more hard thanks to the full moon expected right during the meteor shower's peak.

Experts say that viewing the shower in the days leading up to the peak may provide better viewing due to the slightly dimmer moon. Literally. The further you are from city lights, the more easily you will be able to see the shooting stars, so take a auto and go somewhere in the countryside. Also you have a chance of seeing these meteors racing through the night sky nearly anywhere in New Jersey, but your best vantage point will be away from man-made light.

A almost full moon during this year's annual Perseids could drown some of the meteors from view though there will be less viewing time without the bright moon late Monday into Tuesday, says EarthSky.org. "They are multicolored and many are bright". "There will still be plenty of meteors and you will not have to battle as much moonlight".

"If finding constellations isn't your forte, then note that Perseids are some of the fastest meteors you'll see".

Where can I see them in Metro Detroit?

"The Perseids are most active after midnight through daybreak".

Cast your sleep-deprived eyes heavenward; at this time of year and hour you'll have a preview of late autumn evening stars and winter's glorious Orion constellation climbing low in the east. The tiny pieces of debris fly across the skies in what is known as the 'Perseid meteor shower'. However, they will be visible in all areas of the sky.

"If it's not cloudy, pick an observing spot away from bright lights, lay on your back, and look up", explained NASA. This will help to increase the odds of seeing some meteors.

What are the Perseid meteors?

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The Draconid meteor shower is the next meteor shower, which falls on October 8, followed by the Orionid meteor shower, which will take place on October 21.