Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks In August

Red Fleet State Park is a dark sky friendly and perfect place to watch astrological events. The Perseids shower, one of the best meteor showers of the year, has been happening  since July 14th and goes until September 1st. The shower’s peak occurs on the nights of August 11th and 12th. Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker, and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and states in a press release that the shower is because the earth is passing through the dusty debris of 09P/Swift-Tuttle, a 16 mile wide mountain of ice, dust, and gravel. It has a 133 year orbit around the sun and typically in a year has 50 to 75 meteors that can be seen per hour coming from the constellation Perseus. There is one hiccup in that “the sky will be lit up thanks to this year’s full Sturgeon Moon on the same night of the shower’s peak. Only the brighter meteors including a few bright fireballs will be seen dashing across the night sky thus reducing the overall numbers. But still, it is a great time to look at the cosmos while on vacation or at the cottage.” To catch a glimpse of the meteors, look northeast at 11pm.


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