This Weekend To Offer Ideal Conditions For The Perseid Meteor Shower


Australia is in prime position for stargazers to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower, with the peak occurring between moonset and sunrise on August 13 and 14. With only a few days to go, we're here to let you know all the best 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower viewing locations in Ontario. While the Perseids traditionally produce well over 60 meteors per hour, expectations this year are that only the brightest shooting stars will be visible.

Nature puts on a heck of a light show every year in the form of the Perseid meteor shower.

"Not only is it much more comfortable to observe the stars lying down, but you'll also see more that way". Visible from July 23 through August 20, with peak activity occurring around the night of August 12-13, these shooting or falling "stars" are meteors visibly streaking in the Earth's atmosphere.

This year, the peak of the highly anticipated meteor shower falls on Monday night, into the early morning hours of Tuesday, according to the AMS.

The space agency said no special equipment is needed to view the meteor shower, which will be visible by the naked eye.

However, this year the moon is likely to play a role in the number of shooting stars able to be seen on the peak night.

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Now, normally you might see 50 to 75 meteors if conditions were ideal. Also, the best time is after midnight into the pre-dawn hours.

Individual Perseid meteors start to dash across our skies from around July 17 until around August 24.

The constellation for which a meteor shower is named simply helps identify which shower is viewable on a given night. If you pay close enough attention, all the meteors seem to come from a certain area in the sky, called a "radiant point".

"Remember to let your eyes become adjusted to the dark - it takes about 30 minutes".

But do not worry if you can not find the shower's namesake radiant - the Perseids will fly in all directions. Find a nice field for an open view of the skies, or maybe a lake to enjoy the romantic sparkles of the stars' reflection on the water.