is tonight is a meteor shower ?

is tonight is a meteor shower ?

It will peak Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13  with an average of 60 meteors a minute streaking across the night sky. The annual Perseids meteor shower has been continuing since late July.

VIU professor Gregory Arkos told NanaimoNewsNOW the dust particles, that are about the size of a grain of sand, came from Swift-Tuttle, a comet that circles the sun 133 times.

The particles are very small and move very quickly. At speeds of up to hundreds of thousands of kilometers per hour, they can hit the atmosphere and be heated to over 1000 degrees, vaporizing.

In its own orbit around the sun, the Earth passes through the comet’s previous path, resulting in the regularity of the show.

There is a poor weather forecast for the peak of the event across the central island, as well as a poor moon phase at the moment. This weekend is forecasted to be wet with showers and there will be the third of three supermoons.

Tonight is a meteor shower

The show will probably still be good come Sunday and early next week, Arkos said if Friday and Saturday don’t work.

It’s best to go out late, after the sun has gone down, and give yourself plenty of time to get there.

If you go out for five minutes, you have a slim chance of seeing one. Of course, meteors don’t occur regularly; they happen at random. You should allow your eyes to adapt to the darkness, and make sure they can fully dilate so they can take in as much light as possible.

As a result of checking mobile phones or looking at direct sources of light, it will be harder to see the streaks across the sky, Arkos said.

Currently, sky watchers are keeping up until the early hours of the morning not only because of meteors but also because of the supermoon.

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, has been sighted recently in parts of the central and north islands.

 

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