A meteor shower is expected to make its appearance this summer. It’s as close as next week.
We are talking about the PerseidsPerseids, which are part of the annual meteor shower that will take place between the 17th of July and the 24th of August. This year, the American Meteor Society notes that the shower will peak overnight on the 12th of August to the 13th of August.
However, we might deal with a problem this year. Meteorologists warn that, because there is a full moon next week, its light will interfere with the visibility of the meteor shower. You won’t be able to see them as you did in the years before.
When should people get out to see it?
Those of you who want to see it should try during the last few hours prior to dawn. That’s when the moon will be low in the west. You can see them better in the darker sky.
Darker skies can be quite hard to find in Vancouver, but those of you who are space enthusiasts should be at Aldergrove Regional Park because that’s where the low light is. There are astronomers with telescopes who will be available to answer all of your questions.
In the evening, between 8 and 11 p.m, there will be games and crafts, and activities with lantern-lit trails available for you. The admission is only $2. Stargazers can also camp in the park and stay the night.
Those of you who want to stay in Vancouver, you can try to find some sports that have the lowest possible light pollution, such as Spanish Banks. There is also the Burnaby Mountain and West Vancouver’s Whytecliff Park that are suitable for this event.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.