Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Soon

How to watch the 2019 Perseid meteor shower hit its August peak

How to watch the 2019 Perseid meteor shower hit its August peak

More specifically, the 2019 Perseid meteor shower will be gracing the skies of B.C. and Alberta and we want you to have the best view possible.

The peak of the meteor shower is coinciding with the nearly full moon.

The Swift-Tuttle comet appears in the night sky every year during the month of August.

This year, the moon will be close to full at the time of the shower's peak, and its brightness will diminish the visibility of the meteors. The Perseid meteor shower is already underway, but it will reach its peak from August 11-13, with prime time coming that Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Though the shower will be smaller than years past, it's still a total must-see. A shower is a shower, right? "But the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature's fireworks", NASA says. Shooting stars streaking across the night sky will best be seen between midnight and dawn starting Friday and into the weekend, even though the light show won't likely peak until Tuesday. Also you have a chance of seeing these meteors racing through the night sky nearly anywhere in New Jersey, but your best vantage point will be away from man-made light.

If you can't keep your eyes open into the wee hours of the morning, you're not alone.

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"If you see a meteor try to trace it backwards".

"If finding constellations isn't your forte, then note that Perseids are some of the fastest meteors you'll see". The name "Perseids" was given to those particles because they seem to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation. Thus, the optimum times to observe the 2019 Perseids are the hours between moonset and sunrise from August 9 to 12 at dark locations that have a clear 360-degree view. NASA explains that telescopes and binoculars are not recommended. As well as stars, galaxies and satellites, the app can help you to find the point in the sky where the most meteors are appearing during the Perseids. For meteor observation, no special equipment is needed, they can be spotted just lying on the ground, and it takes at least 30 minutes in the dark to adjust the eyes to night conditions. The almost full moon will be shining bright almost all night long, making it hard to see numerous dimmer meteors.

As for B.C. and Alberta, here are some hot-spots for your viewing pleasure. The more rural you can go, the better your experience will be.

Now that you know when to watch, what about where?

Locals will also be able to catch some of the astral magic in the days leading up to the shower's peak, as well as in the days right after.

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