Shooting Stars Aplenty This Weekend

Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 12:11 PM

If you love astronomy or just love looking up at the stars at night, Sunday night is the night to do it.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is under way and is expected to peak late Sunday night, early Monday morning.

Dave Chapman, member of Astronomy Nova Scotia and life member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, has been gazing up into space for more than 50 years, and he spent some time speaking with Acadia News this past week.

"We call them the Perseid Meteors because they appear to come from the Constellation Perseus, the radiant of the meteor shower," says Chapman. "So that's what we see, when the Constellation Perseus is in the sky at that time, you will see meteors coming from that direction."

A great feature of the meteors is the fact that they leave little smoke trails, so you'll be able to see quite a light show up in the night sky this weekend.

"The really bright ones are really cool to look at because they leave these little smoke trails in the sky," adds Chapman.

The absolute peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to take place late Sunday night (August 12th) into early Monday morning (August 13th).

Story by Craig Power
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Above Photo: Starscape over Port Mouton. Photo credit Brittany Wentzell.