Above the Smoke - Perseid Meteor Shower is This Weekend

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The total solar eclipse is just over a week away and in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday (tomorrow) August 12 there will be a meteor shower.

"We wish this were true", Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said of the rumored record-breaking meteor shower, "but no such thing is going to happen". By Saturday, the moon will be an 80 percent full waning gibbous.

"This year, we are expecting enhanced rates of about 150 (meteors) per hour or so, but the increased number will be canceled out by the bright moon, the light of which will wash out the fainter Perseids", states a NASA blog.

Every year as Earth orbits around the sun and through the wake of the Swift-Tuttle Comet, bits of debris from the 17-mile-wide icy space ball enter the Earth's atmosphere at 133,000 miles per hour, reaching temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees and creating the meteors stargazers see in the sky.

Later in the night, it would be best to turn one's back on the moon to try and catch a glimpse of the brightest-burning meteors.

Every year, the best time to watch the shower of particles is August 12 or 13.

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If sky watchers really want to see a great display, they should watch the Leonid meteor shower instead since Leonids can easily light up the sky with numbers 10 times greater than that of Perseids.

Relax, be patient and enjoy the show. "Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night", McClure said.

The meteors will be sparser around at that time but, the IMO says, "these meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them".

The Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs annually between July 17 and August 24.

"Every Perseid meteor is a tiny piece of the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years". When the shower is at its height and most visible from Earth, it appears to originate from the constellation of Perseus, a hero in Greek mythology for killing Medusa. That comet leaves a path of debris behind it.

The only problem is that the maritime weather system that can reverse the outflow winds that brought the wildfire smoke from the B.C. Interior in the first place might bring rain and overcast skies itself.

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