The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend

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Associate Teaching Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UOIT Dr. Rupinder Brar says the annual Perseid meteor shower will be visible Saturday night, early Sunday morning and Sunday night.

"It peaks Monday but you still have a few more days to look in all directions", according to CBS 2 meteorologist Robb Ellis. Often considered one of the most prolific, attractive meteor showers of the year, viewers may get a chance to see 50 to 60 meteors an hour, with the possibility of seeing hundreds during a single hour. Hence, during the strong activity of Perseids, the moon is expected to be a slender crescent, which will ensure sky is darker than usual.

The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

Temperatures can reach as high as 10,000F (5,537F) as meteors - most of which are no bigger than a grain of sand - travel across the sky at speeds of 36 miles a second.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

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Downloading a star-gazing mobile app can also add to the experience of meteor showers.

If clouds obscure the sky where you are, there are several options for watching the shower online.

If you're lucky enough to reside in a hilly or mountainous region, you're all set for the best views - so find yourself a nice spot and enjoy the show. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

Cooke went on to describe how viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids shower.

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