Look up… way up this week and you’ll be in for a treat.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is here, and ready to dazzle local sky-watchers.
All this week you’ll have a chance to catch a shooting star.
As early as Wednesday night, but peaking early Friday morning the Earth will be peppered with tiny comet fragments lighting up the night sky, between 60 and 100 an hour.
SFU Physicist Howard Trottier says for best viewing you’ll want to be away from city lights.
“So what you’d see are these sort of streaks, very short, very vast, appearing to come from this point towards the northeast of the sky. One a minute on average, under really good conditions.”
Trottier says if you’re really lucky you might catch a fireball, a meteor big enough to light up the entire sky.
“Occasionally a larger truck sized rock might fly into the atmosphere and blow up. What happens, if you’re lucky enough to get that, the whole sky and the ground around you lights up like daytime, it’s really quite extraordinary.”
He adds the best part of the sky to watch is the North-East, where the constellation of Persius rises.
Looking to catch the meteor shower? There are several events scheduled around the Lower Mainland this weekend.