Perseid meter shower to peak this Saturday

REUTERS  Fred ThornhillA stargazer tries to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower in 2015

It looks like the smoke haze that has dogged Lower Mainland skies for weeks might be clearing just in time for the annual Perseid meteor showers. "However, these meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them". The shooting stars will appear to originate from there.

"This year, unfortunately, we have a waning gibbous moon in the sky that will affect the visibility of the fainter meteors because the moon brightens the sky background", Geoff Chester, with the Naval Observatory, told WTOP Friday. Yes, according to a viral story published online, the sky would be so brightly lit that there would be no night on Saturday. It is best to avoid pollution when planning to witness such an astronomical event, so a countryside sky may offer a better view. The best part? All you need to do is lie on a blanket on your back and look straight up!

The later you go out each night, the clearer the skies. NASA will have a live stream for those who can not see the sky.

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Most sky watchers are already looking forward to the upcoming Perseid meteor shower display, which is expected to peak on August 12, especially since reports of it being "the brightest shower in recorded human history" have surfaced, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration begs to disagree.

"The parent comet is Swift - Tuttle after the two astronomers who jointly discovered it". It happens every year between the middle of June and the start of September. This is because all the meteors are coming towards earth at the same angle, as they get closer to earth the effect of perspective makes them seem to get further apart. Get to higher ground so you can see more of the sky, increasing your chances for watching as many fiery meteors as possible fly by. According to NASA, Jupiter can sometimes tug on the trail of debris causing the Earth to pass more directly into the comet's trail.

He said you can expect to see at least one meteor a minute. The celestial event with the falling bright shooting stars takes place every year, much to the excitement of astrophile. In fact, with or without the excessive moonlight, this would not be so, said Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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