Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Monday night in Waterloo region


It's that time of year again, when the spectacular Perseid meteor shower rains fire across the night sky.

"Unfortunately, the Moon will be very close to full on the night of the peak, which will wash out the fainter Perseids", meteor expert Bill Cooke of NASA told

Between July and August every year, Earth travels through the orbital debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The jaw-dropping, eye-opening peak to the Perseid Meteor Shower is only two nights away, on August 12th. That time in between will be the best opportunity to possibly more than 60 meteors per hour.

The Perseids come from the direction of the constellation Perseus (hence the name), and for best viewing the advice is, as always, to stand anywhere with as limited light pollution as you can manage with your back to the moon, looking north or east.

Tonight (between August 12-13) will be the best time to see it this year. During this peak time, you'll get to observe almost 60 to 80 perseids dashing across the night sky.

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If you're not a night owl, some meteors may be visible earlier, around 9 p.m. Monday, but not as many.

The Perseids has been somewhat visible since July 14 and will last until August 24. They are visible in the Northern Hemisphere and can be viewed in skies all across.

The good news - you don't need any special equipment to see it.

Under flawless viewing conditions, up to 100 Perseids can shoot across the sky.

You can also check out a live stream of the show thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project on its website as well as on YouTube. And if that doesn't work and you fail to spot any meteors, you can track the events through NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page.