Hoping to see the Perseids tonight?


Astronomy lovers in B.C. hoping to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night could potentially be out of luck.

The problem is, this year's peak night for the meteor shower will coincide with a almost full moon.

Believe it or not, most of the meteors from the Perseid Meteor Shower that form shooting starts are about the size of a grain of sand! We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky. The park usually closes at sunset but members of the club will be there from 7 to 10:30 p.m.to take in the spectacle.

McGillivray will be part of a group who will be watching at Aldergrove Lake Park in Langley on Saturday night. "The number one thing for astronomy - more important than your telescope - is a clear, dark sky".

According to Omani astronomer and member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences Ali Amur Al Shaibani, "The shower actually began on July 17 and will continue till August 24".

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".

Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say the Perseids typically will produce around 50 to 80 meteors per hour. "So be sure you can at least devote an hour or more to viewing to be able to get the best show".

Experts at the Met Office advise people to head to areas away from street lights to see the best of the showers.