When to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Manitoba this weekend


She recommends anywhere it's dark, outside the city, for the best views.

Since the Perseids always show up in August, they often coincide with warm summer nights - ideal weather for viewing if you can avoid rain or clouds and get to a dark spot.

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

The Perseid Meteor Shower takes place every year, and promises a spectacular display in the sky. This annual meteor shower comes as Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, causing bright streaks that appear as though they're radiating from the constellation Perseus.

This weekend's show is expected to be particularly spectacular.

The Perseids are probably the most well-known and widely observed meteor shower globally. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there.

"What we're seeing when we see meteors are little dust particles lighting up the atmosphere". The longer you're outside in the dark, the better your vision of the meteors will be.

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The fall of the meteors will be at a rate of 80 meteors per hour and a 60 km/second speed. They can reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower.

"Most of the time when you get the highest fields is when the comet itself is actually close to the sun". The best time to view the meteor shower is between 1AM and 3AM.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope senior editor said in a statement. That's why some people call them shooting stars, but they have nothing to do with stars.

Twarog warns that the meteors cross the sky fairly quickly.

Jay Bjerke, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, said the best location to view the meteor shower will be away from city lights.

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.