Canadians should look to the sky between now and mid-August to catch a glimpse of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The celestial event, which happens yearly, has been going on since Jul. 17 but will be at its peak on Aug. 12 and 13. With this amazing natural display coming up soon, it's good to know how to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower no matter where you are in Canada.
According to the Weather Network, viewing the meteor shower this year is going to be a little bit more difficult. That's because a full moon is expected during the peak of the Perseids' visibility. Don't be discouraged, though! Some of the brighter meteors will still be very visible in the night sky. The Weather Network advises viewers to turn their back to the moon so their eyes don't have to deal with the light.
In fact, anyone wanting to catch a glimpse of the meteors should get as far away from light as possible. That means getting as far out of any city as possible, and possibly setting up at any of Parks Canada's designated dark sky preserves.
Before packing up the car and driving out to these preserves, it's also imperative to actually check the weather report for the night. If it's going to be cloudy, then even in the complete darkness, the Perseids won't be visible.
The next step after arriving at the viewing destination is one that most people tend to give up on too early: being patient. As the Weather Network notes, it might take 30 to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, so don't expect to catch a glimpse of any Perseids without waiting.
With the Zenith Hourly Rate (ZHR) of the Perseid Meteor Shower being about 100 meteors per minute, and allowing for about 50 to 60 percent visibility, viewers in peak conditions can expect to see about one meteor a minute.
Following these steps as closely as possible and really doing your best to avoid any excess light all but guarantees that you'll be treated to an amazing natural light show.