Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

garyboyle@xplornet.ca

Over the past few weeks, you have probably noticed a few meteors or “shoot stars” at night. You are witnessing one of the best meteor showers of the year. The Perseid Meteor Shower is now underway lasting from July 14 to August 24. The best time to see 50 to 60 meteors per hour will be on the night of August 11 and into the morning hours of the 12 as well as the next night Aug 12/13. This year the crescent moon sets within a couple of hours after sunset leaving us with a dark sky. By contrast, next year’s Perseids takes place under a full moon, drastically reducing the hourly rate.

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