Following this year’s Harvest Moon on September 24th, Canadians across the country will be in for quite a treat the fall season. A string of meteor showers will be streaming across the sky for Canadians to see from October to mid-December.
Check out this list of dates and what to look for so you don’t miss a single one.
The first shower to look out for is Draconid Meteor Shower happening on October 8. You’ll have to be quite patient with this smaller shower as meteors will only be visible around 10 times per hour so keep your eyes peeled.
The best time to see the Orionid Meteor Shower is from October 21st-22nd. The streams of ice, dust and rock that can be seen whizzing through the sky originate from Halley's Comet. The meteors in this shower can be quite bright although you may only see about 20 per hour.
Next for fall will be the Taurid Meteor Showers from November 5th-6th and 12th-13th. It originates from two different objects, an asteroid and a comet which creates two showers overlapping into one. While the showers only produce about 5-10 meteors per hour, a nearly new moon which isn’t producing might light in the sky will lend a hand for amazing viewing conditions.
The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks from November 17th-18th. This shower contains many gravel-sized bits of dust, ice and debris. When these bits hit Earth's atmosphere, they produce very bright meteors. The shower is expected to produce about 15 meteors per hour.
To ensure you're not cheating yourself out of the best show possible, you're going to want to get out of the city. Surrounding yourself with light pollution is one way to not view a meteor shower.
The Weather Network suggests going to a provincial park on a nice clear night and letting your eyes adapt to the darkness for 30-45 minutes. You should tone down the brightness on your cell phone too so that it's not interfering .
Once you're set, the best way to see any sort of action in the sky is to look straight up so, perhaps laying down on something cozy. These tips are definitely something you'll want to factor in for the Geminid Meteor Shower.
Oh, man. I've been slacking on posting landscape shots! I had to miss the Geminid meteor shower due to work, hockey and being sick but here's my favorite meteor shot, from the 2016 Perseid shower #meteor #perseid #meteorshower #stormhour #fireball #milkyway pic.twitter.com/jamRkFo9rt— Kate Dibildox (@KDibildoxPhoto) December 19, 2017
One of the very best of the year, the Geminid Meteor Shower will be visible from December 13-14. This shower will be producing a whopping 120 meteors per hour.
With a crescent moon set for those days, there won’t be much competing light in the sky and so your chances of seeing some magical meteors are huge. Pre-dawn hours will be best for watching the show with some warm woolies and coffee.
Get out there and keep your eyes peeled this fall, it’s going to be spectacular!
Source: The Weather Network