Crowds turn up for meteor shower event

13 Августа, 2017, 04:37 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • The annual Perseids light show is the biggest meteor shower of the year

However, "The Perseids will be a little more hard to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak", Space.com quoted Cooke.

Cloud cover is expected to hit much of B.C.'s south coast on Saturday night, which could put a damper on one of the biggest astronomical events of the year.

Observers were advised to look in the opposite direction in order to best observe the space rubble flying for longer, away from the bright light of the waning gibbous moon.

Perseids are bits of the comet Swift-Tuttle and often create the most fantastic meteor shower of the year.

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Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said he was still hopeful of a good display.

The annual Perseids is predicted to be one of the most spectacular shows in years - with up to 100 shooting stars every hour. For more details about the Perseid Meteor Shower, Space.com has some great information right here. This means that you will have better chances of seeing more meteors before the moon rises and adds additional light to the sky.

"If you do want to see it, try and find a dark sky", McGillivray said. The Perseids refer to a regular occurrence of meteorites that appear to come from the Perseus constellation. The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies.

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