When to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Manitoba this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Because it's in a new phase, the moon won't be up and the night sky will be darker, said Bruce Twarog, a University of Kansas professor with the department of physics and astronomy. It's one the best opportunities of the year for a celestial show, as the Perseids are known for producing dramatic meteors and even fireballs. Unfortunately, there's always the chance that bad weather like fog or rain will create unfavorable viewing conditions.

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards. But you don't have to look that direction to see the show - the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky overhead.

Perseids meteor shower 2018: What is it? The Perseids started in July 17 and will continue up to 24th August 2018.

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer.

In fact, you can expect to see between fifty to a hundred meteors an hour in places where the sky is very dark.

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This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky. That means staying away from urban areas if possible, as light pollution can dominate in cities. The Slooh observatory will host a livestream of the shower starting at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24.

It gets its name became the meteors appear to be coming from the constellation Perseus.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, bringing pieces of the comet into the upper atmosphere that light up the sky as they burn up. The Earth will pass through the densest part of the comet's trail on August 12th, meaning more meteors will be present during this event. "Most particles are about the size of a small rock or beach sand, and they weigh just about 1-2 grams (roughly the same as a paperclip)". However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an fantastic light show.

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