It's going to shower meteors August 12


Earlier this week, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield chatted with one of our sister stations, Jack FM and talked about how up in outer space, you can actually hear the meteorites ricocheting off the space station.

The weather will be handsome for viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Cloud cover is expected to hit much of B.C.'s south coast on Saturday night, which could put a damper on one of the biggest astronomical events of the year.

Just keep in mind the best viewing for meteors is as far away from the city lights as possible.

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Believe it or not, most of the meteors from the Perseid Meteor Shower that form shooting starts are about the size of a grain of sand! Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly. But don't let that stop you from checking out the show as there still should be plenty of brighter meteors to see.

Seen from the Earth, the Perseids appear to originate from one place in the north-east known as the "radiant" which happens to be near the constellation Perseus.

Astronomers says hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in a display that may be visible around the world. You'll still be able to see meteors following moon rise but the number of "shooting stars" you spot won't likely be as high.

The comet orbits the sun every 135 years.