Publicado: Sáb, Agosto 11, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

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

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

The Perseids, which are the most famous summer meteors, will reach peak on Sunday 12th August up to early hours of Monday 13th August.

While you can see the glowing pieces from July 14 through August 24, the peak is only over a few nights, from August 11th to the 13th. It's one the best opportunities of the year for a celestial show, as the Perseids are known for producing dramatic meteors and even fireballs.

People love the Perseid meteor shower because it's something they can view without any equipment; in fact a telescope is a waste of time, because the meteorites fly by so fast, Twarog said.

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24.

The 2018 Perseid meteor shower, a popular summer star-gazing event, should be more vibrant than other years.

The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that's where the point from which they appear to originate, called the radiant, is located.

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For casual and die-hard astronomers alike, the middle of August means the return of the Perseid meteor shower. It last greeted us in 1992 and will next pass in 2126, but we travel through the comet's dust every year, making the Perseid Meteor Shower an annual event. As always, it's best to get away from light pollution and head far away from city centers. The longer you're outside in the dark, the better your vision of the meteors will be.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

Those who live in mid-northern latitudes will be able to enjoy the best views, according to NASA. "You really have to get out in the country", he said.

Dr. Auld says you actually don't have to look a certain direction in the sky.

The meteors strike our atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour and create vivid streaks of light when they burn up.

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