Ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower?

Next weekend, August 10th-13th, you’ll have a chance to see one of the best meteor shower in years. The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to peak on the night of Aug 12th-13th.

Image of 3 Perseid Meteors from 2016
Three Persied Meteors taken on Aug 12, 2016 at the south end of Pitt Lake in Maple Ridge, BC

You can expect to see 50-75 meteors per hour when observing from  a reasonably dark site outside of the city such as Aldergrove Regional Park where RASC Vancouver is holding a meteor shower watch.

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Watch at Aldergrove Regional Park

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018, 8:00 PM

Aldergrove Regional Park
Lefeuvre Road at 8th Avenue Abbotsford, BC

58 Astronomy enthusiasts Attending

Please join us to enjoy Metro Vancouver Regional Parks annual Perseid Meteor Shower Watch at Aldergrove Regional Park. It is the only night of the year that overnight camping is allowed in this park which makes this a very magical experience for all ages. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks puts on a great event with lots of activities for all ages. The…

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The Perseid shower occurs annually when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. There are a number of factors that make this shower special:

  1. For the Perseids, the Earth passes close to the center of the comet’s debris stream.
  2. The Perseid debris stream strikes Earth at high speed, around  50 km/s. Faster speeds mean more energy, and hence brighter, more visible meteors.
  3. This year has a new Moon on August 11th, ideal for minimal light pollution and seeing fainter meteors.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation from where the meteors seem to originate. The radiant of the Perseids are in the constellation Perseus, which will be well positioned in the northeastern sky around midnight.

You don’t need a telescope or binoculars, just get out of the city to a dark site and look up at the darkest part of the sky.  And put away that phone – the white light will hamper your ability to see faint meteors. Lying down is a more comfortable way to observe the show, so find a blanket and just look up.

1 thought on “Ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower?”

  1. I’m looking for a way to get to the Aldergrove dark skies park, and wrote earlier asking about possible car pooling but haven’t heard back from you. Any chance of getting a ride there and back? Of course I’d pay a share of the gas etc. for transportation. I also looked for a bus but couldn’t find one. Thanks!

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