There is still hope for all those who have missed the chance to observe the annual Perseid meteor shower, as Monday night marks the end of the peak of the shooting stars’ visibility. According to the weather forecast presented on Sunday by Environment Canada, the sky on Monday night will be partly cloudy, with the possibility of showers at the start of the night estimated at 30 per cent, while thunderstorms can also appear locally.
More than 100 shooting stars per hour
According to Gary Boyle, an astronomer from Ottawa, over 100 meteors can be observed per hour during the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, which constitute the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. The best way to view the shooting stars is to go outside the city, where they can be seen after midnight in complete darkness.
What is the Perseid meteor shower
This annual event in the night sky is caused by the trail of debris that was left behind a comet known as 109P/Swift-Tuttle, through which Earth passes every year.
Once our planet encounters the material left by the comet, the little meteors heat the atmosphere of Earth with a speed of 60 kilometers per second. These impacts burn up the little pieces, which create long streaks that totally vaporize soon after.
As Boyle said, these meteors are extremely small, with an average size of big sand grains. However, there are some pea-gravel-size small rocks amongst them, which have the potential to light up the night sky. These particles, even though they are so tiny, can create a show that can be observed from far below, on the surface of Earth. Let’s not forget about it while looking at the sky today at night.
Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.