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Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

When to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Manitoba this weekend


The storm peaks in the early morning hours (just after midnight) of August 12 and 13 - this Sunday and Monday.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower previous year will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the most famous meteor showers of the year.

The Perseid meteors are leftover debris from the "Swift-Tuttle" comet.

The 2018 Perseid meteor shower, a popular summer star-gazing event, should be more vibrant than other years.

The meteors originate from the constellation of Perseus, which gives it its name.

If you live in an urban area, you might want to take a drive to avoid city lights, which can make the meteor shower seem faint. People can look directly overhead to see the meteors, as long as they are in a dark area without too much light pollution.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

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. And even though there won't be as many shooting stars as in past years - in 2016, for example, there were as many as 200 visible meteors per hour - there will still be a boatload this weekend, with as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during its peak, Cooke told Space.com.

The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor? Don't forget to allow some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

You will be in for a treat as this means roughly one per minute. That's why some people call them shooting stars, but they have nothing to do with stars.

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability. However, with a little planning and some patience, you can get some truly memorable images.

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