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

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

"Try to stay off your phone too, as looking at devices with bright screens will negatively affect your night vision and hence reduce the number of meteors you see".

It's normally one of the best meteor showers of the year, but this year it might be a little hard to see some of the meteors from the Perseid meteor shower. Count for yourself at the main parking lot at Wildwood State Park. 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 action will be toward the northeast.

This year the Perseid meteor shower became active on July 17 and it will be visible until August 24, although meteor rates will peak on August 12 or 13. Every year, the Earth passes through this debris field, producing shooting stars as numerous as 20 per hour moving up to 25 miles per second at the shower's peak. The meteor shower originates from a cloud of particles in space that was shed by a comet that orbits the sun. From suburbs and the countryside you should be able to see as many as dozen meteors per hour.

This composite image from NASA shows mostly Perseid meteors streaking across the sky.

The waxing gibbous may leave us whining as it still floods the sky with moonlight and will hide all but the brighter meteors (and stars).

"If finding constellations isn't your forte, then note that Perseids are some of the fastest meteors you'll see". The Perseids seem to radiate from Perseus constellation and are one of eight major annual meteor showers.

Caution: Meteor watching takes patience; it may take a few minutes even on a dark night to see one, during a meteor shower. But if you opt for the SkySafari 6 Plus or Pro versions, you will also have the option to control a telescope and direct it towards any point or object in the sky. Bundle up in a sleeping bag and lay back on a lawn chair to save your neck, while you gaze for meteors. In fact, meteors will be able to be seen in all areas of the sky. Literally. The further you are from city lights, the more easily you will be able to see the shooting stars, so take a auto and go somewhere in the countryside.

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