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Perseid meteor showers will hit their peak over Vancouver Island in mid-August

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Pack up the car, we’re going on a pre-dawn adventure!

Every year, the Perseid meteor showers light up the sky between late July and late August and hit their peak performance in mid-August. 

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, you’ll be able to catch the highlight of this shower between midnight on August 12th and the early hours of August 13th.

They also claim that the Perseids’ blaze of glory is known for its “brightest and most numerous meteors,” making it a stargazing favourite. 

It is said that this year’s moon won’t interfere with the brightness of the stars, so it’ll be all the more exciting for those hoping to catch it!

Grab some warm clothing, a hot beverage, a blanket, and your boo and head out of the city — you’ll want to be away from light pollution.

Additionally, you’ll want to try and avoid using your phone or bright flashlights during this time to ensure your eyes have fully adjusted to the dark. 

Space.com says that the Perseids meteor showers are caused by Earth passing through bits of ice and rock left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle when it passed us in 1992 — the largest object known to repeatedly pass the planet.

The bright flashes of light are bits of the debris bursting into flames as they crash into our atmosphere. 

It’s so bright, you don’t need any binoculars or telescopes to catch it.

Be ready for a beautiful evening and just pray it doesn’t rain!

Perseid Meteor Shower 2023

  • Where: Away from the city lights!
  • When: Occurs between late July and late August — peak set for August 13th between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m.

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