Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that's where the point from which they appear to originate, called the radiant, is located.

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

"Most of the time when you get the highest fields is when the comet itself is actually close to the sun". Most of these little specks of metal and stone are as small as grains of sand, but that doesn't prevent them from flashing across the night sky when they collide with Earth's atmosphere at about 133,200 miles per hour (214,365 km/h).

However, according to NASA, the night before August 11-12, will also be stunning.

At the meteor shower's speak on the night of August 12, you can expect to see between 60 to 70 meteors every hour. But living in the Northwest means that many local elements are potentially conspiring against our view, including overcast skies, a bright moon, and smoke from surrounding wildfires. This will allow fainter meteoroids (flying space rocks that are still airborne) to make visible marks overhead.

Although we won't see the comet itself, we will still witness the trail of debris left by it.

The Perseid meteor shower is a prolific meteor shower which occurs every year in mid-August.

Each year we mark time by certain events.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. But the sky show still warrants excitement.

Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear. "And they've traveled billions of miles before their kamikaze run into Earth's atmosphere".

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