Friday, 22 February, 2019

When to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Manitoba this weekend

Perseid meteor shower 2018 GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see the meteors with the naked eye
Sandy Nunez | 10 August, 2018, 23:12

"The moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent, and the shower's predicted peak is timed especially well for North America", Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope magazine's observing editor, said in a statement.

Some 60 to 100 meteors — better known as shooting stars — can be seen per hour as the Earth encounters the gritty debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the icy parent of the Perseid meteor shower.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever.

"This year, we'll be lucky the moon won't be shining most of the night", Bjerke said.

Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers.

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This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the USA and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.

Unfortunately, you may have to stay up late or set your alarm for an early start if you want to spot the best of the display. The meteor shower occurs every year when Earth moves through the trail of its orbit. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Every summer, Earth ploughs through this thick trail (this year, it entered the trail on July 17, and it will exit on August 24), allowing some of the comet's ancient debris to enter and burn up in our planet's atmosphere. Some of the best local dark skies are found in the Horse Heaven Hills and foothills of the Blue Mountains.

If people know where Cassiopeia - a W-shaped constellation in the northeast sky - is located, they can find the Perseid meteors just below it beginning about 11 p.m. Saturday night.

If you live in the glare of city lights, try watching the darkest portion of the sky from your backyard, a nearby park or school grounds.