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Perseid Meteor Shower (Weather Dependant)
August 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm CST
The forecast is for clouds and possibly rain on Sunday night, so we may move the event to Monday night. If you are planning on coming, please call Sylvia (306)535-1278 on Sunday to get an update.
According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year; and this year, they’ll be the best shower of the year. This year during peak people should see about 60-70 meteors per hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor shower’s peak will be visible the night of Aug. 12-13.
“This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight,” Cooke told Space.com. “The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that’ll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it.” The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be even better.
Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to Aug. 24, with the shower’s peak — when Earth passes through the densest, dustiest area — occurring on Aug. 12. That means you’ll see the most meteors in the shortest amount of time near that peak, but you can still catch some action from the famed meteor shower before or after that point.
You can see the Perseid meteor shower best in the Northern Hemisphere and down to the mid-southern latitudes, and all you need to catch the show is darkness, somewhere comfortable to sit and a bit of patience.
oin us for an exciting night watching the Perseid Meteors!
What to bring: Jacket, air mattress, lawn chair, blanket, mosquito spray, pillow, toque(yes, that’s right as it can get cool at night), flashlight.
What we offer: Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, wine, soda, popcorn, chips, ice cream.
When to arrive: 8pm. No reservations required.
When to leave: Anytime before midnight.
Other Notes: Please clean up any garbage, there is a complete fire ban, be respectful of your neighbours in terms of sound (keep voices low) and light (keep flashlights pointed at the ground), no outside food or alcohol, no pets, no smoking.