Your Ultimate Ontario Guide To Watching Summer's Most Surreal Meteor Shower Next Week

Get outside and let your eyes adjust to the dark.
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Your Ultimate Ontario Guide To Watching Summer's Most Surreal Meteor Shower Next Week

Keep your eyes on the skies for the next couple of nights if you want to see some shooting stars! The wondrous Perseid meteor event puts on an annual show and will peak on August 12 this year, so be prepared. With only a few days to go, we're here to let you know all the best 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower viewing locations in Ontario.

The Perseid shower is one of the best celestial events of the year. But there's a bit of a snag in 2019.

According to The Weather Network, viewing might be a little more difficult thanks to the full moon expected right during the meteor shower's peak. But a lot of bright meteors will still be visible to the naked eye.

If you want to see the spectacular sights, it's advised you to turn your back to the moon to block its light from your eyes.

Actually, avoiding all light sources is the best way to ensure you can see the meteors. So, get out of the city and away from light pollution and, if possible, head to one of three dark sky preserves in Ontario: Point Pelee National Park, Bruce Peninsula National Park, or Fathom Five National Marine Park. 

Before you make the trip out to see the meteor shower, be sure to check the weather forecast. Even in complete darkness, Perseid won't be visible from behind clouds. 

If the weather is on your side, after arriving at your destination you must remember to be patient. According to NASA, allow your eyes about 45 minutes to adjust to the dark.

And don't look at your phone! Even the slightest amount of light can mean having to start the adjustment process all over again. 

The Perseid Meteor Shower can include up to 100 meteors per minute at its highest rate, but you're not likely to see anywhere near that number yourself. However, don't be fooled into thinking this makes the show any less spectacular!

Following these helpful tips and being sure to avoid light as much as possible will get you a ticket to one of the best shows of the year. Incredible, Mother Nature!

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes.

Lisa Belmonte
Trending Senior Staff Writer
Lisa Belmonte is a Senior Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Trending Desk focused on government of Canada jobs and is based in Ontario.
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