Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Although the shower peaks on August 12, you'll be able to see a good deal of shooting stars all weekend and into Monday.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.

Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to August 24.

The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer. There are some occasional bursts of higher meteor activity, the next one being predicted in 2028.

There's no need to worry about meteors raining down on you, though, as Sky and Telescope says the bright streaks of the Perseids burning up are actually about 80 miles (128,748 meters) above your head and created by pieces of space debris about the size of a small pebble.

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"Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them". You can tell if a meteor is a Perseid by following its direction backwards and, if it's coming from the direction of Perseus, it's a Perseid.

Stargazers are advised to find a suitable location away from urban light pollution.

Unfortunately, you may have to stay up late or set your alarm for an early start if you want to spot the best of the display. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady.

That is the million-dollar question of course.

Even better news still, the moon won't be spoiling the view.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment is needed, but those in rural areas with minimal light pollution will have a clearer view.

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