It's going to shower meteors August 12

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It's going to shower meteors August 12

It's also when the Earth will be the most within the stream of Swift-Tuttle.

Astronomy lovers in B.C. hoping to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night could potentially be out of luck. It last passed near Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126.

Because the density of the dust cloud varies, the meteors will not be evenly spaced out.

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In August of 2018, the Perseid meteor shower will be pretty incredible, as the peak night for seeing it will coincide with a new moon. The dusk of August 12 promises to be the best opportunity to see meteors, but the Perseid meteors will continue to fall through Earth's sky up until August 24. The moonlight will make a lot of the dimmer meteors invisible, which will lower the overall count.

The Perseid Meteor Shower peaked at dawn Saturday morning, but with better atmospheric conditions, the best chance for us to see the show is tonight.

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy said: "We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky". However, the meteors will streak across the sky in all directions, so it doesn't really matter.

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But while viewing meteors may be more hard this year, enterprising viewers who trek out to rural or suburban areas with less light pollution can still see some meteors.

"If you do want to see it, try and find a dark sky", McGillivray said. "It can take your eyes as long as 20 to 30 minutes to fully adapt to darkness after being in a normally lit room".

The best night for viewing in Mid-Michigan will be Saturday.

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If you do miss the Perseids this year, the next big meteor show will be the Leonids in November. The space agency stated that they are expecting 150 meteors per hour, which is 10 times smaller than the Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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