Stargazers are in for a celestial treat this week!
The Perseid Meteor Shower makes its annual display from July 17th – 24th; however, the shower’s peak falls on August 12 – 13th. During this time, you’ll see an incredible number of meteors.
In fact, you can expect to see between fifty to a hundred meteors an hour in places where the sky is very dark.
This makes the summertime display one of only three annual showers that produce this many. What’s more, the illuminating display is one of year’s brightest, too.
The Perseids produce the highest number of bright fireball meteors. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.
Viewing The Perseid Meteor Shower
In order to see the meteors most clearly, stargazers should opt to travel outside of city limits; light pollution from the city lights obscures the view.
One great spot is Porteau Cove, a provincial park about halfway in between Vancouver and Squamish. In addition, higher elevations provide optimal vantage points to avoid lights below.
Last month, another heavenly body, Mars, dazzled Metro Vancouver skies. The red planet was accompanied by the Buck Full Moon.