It's "the best meteor shower of the year" so prepare to be starry-eyed. 🤩
The stargazing event of the season is going to reach its peak this week and you can catch it right here in Ontario.
According to NASA, it's considered "the best meteor shower of the year" and you can typically see up to 100 meteors per hour when they are at their peak. The Perseids are known to leave long "wakes" of light and colour behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere, which makes them particularly easy to spot.
According to Earthsky, it is best to give yourself at least 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, night sky. Even though there will be plenty of shooting stars to catch, you will still want to be patient because they are a natural phenomenon after all and it is hard to predict how many you will see and when they will appear.
You won't need to own a telescope or binoculars to see these shooting stars, but to catch them in their total glory it's best to watch in a dark open space away from Toronto's bright city lights.
However, there are still a few places in and around the GTA where you can spot them.
Head over to the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill, where they are hosting a free event to watch the Perseids. If you want to stay in the 6ix, High Park is likely your best bet to watch the stars.
For those able to get out of the city, Hipcamp, a company that calls itself the world's largest provider of outdoor stays, has shared a few top spots for viewing the meteor shower in Ontario. Make a trek up past Algonquin Provincial Park and right into Coe Island Lake where you can stay at a quaint campsite and cozy up for a night filled with star watching. Or, the Lake of Bays offers up to 200 feet of shoreline which would prove for optimal stargazing with unobstructed views.
Have an RV and want to bring the whole crew with you? You can head to this RV camp near the Kawartha Lakes to have the ultimate experience. Three hours out of the city, you can also find a secluded peninsula that will give a truly unique Perseid meteor shower experience.
August is a packed month for celestial sightings, so if you miss out on the Perseid meteor showers there are still other events that quite literally happen once in a blue moon.
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