Have you ever seen the Perseids?


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2021-07-30 – Have you ever seen the Perseids? We have some advice on how to watch one of the best meteor showers of the year. This year, the light show will peak on the night of August 12 and 13.
During the peak, typically in the darkest hours after midnight, up to 50 to 80 meteors per hour can streak across the sky. To be even more specific, look up at the sky between moonset and dawn to see the most meteors of the night.
To fully enjoy the spectacle, here are a few tips for meteor hunting:
• If possible, head away from city lights, which make it hard to see fainter meteors. To increase your chances of seeing shooting stars, set out in search of dark skies in the countryside.
• If you need to use a flashlight, place a red filter over the bulb (a red balloon will do in a bind). White light is very blinding and may affect your night vision.
• Dress warmly. Even though the Perseids occur in the summertime, it is still a good idea to bring warm (even winter) clothes. August nights can be very chilly.
• Sit back and relax on a reclining chair or lie down on a blanket. Not only is it much more comfortable to observe the stars lying down, but you’ll also see more that way.
• Pack a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee—it will come in handy if you start to drift off or get a little chilly!
• Be patient. It might take a while before you see your first shooting star. Don’t be quick to give up… It’s worth the wait!

👉 Visit our guide: https://asc-csa.gc.ca/perseids

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