The Perseid meteor shower is lighting up the night sky across Canada
The 2020 version of the Perseid meteor shower will peaked this week in nighttime skies across Canada and North America.
Stargazers across the country have been sharing snaps from this year's phenomenon and so far, the results are stunning.
The meteor shower peaked on Wednesday morning but according to EarthSky, you'll still be able to get a good look on Thursday and Friday before dawn or after midnight.
If you're not an early riser and don't feel like staying up late, you can still catch the show on social media.
Last evening Perseids meteor shower through the Milky Way. Photo taken at Echo Lake, SK pic.twitter.com/Z1mgFOimp2— sharon rusu (@sharonrusu1) August 12, 2020
The Perseid meteor shower happens once a year in August as the earth passes through comet dust while making its way around the sun.
Spent some time out in the middle of nowhere at a dark spot just outside of Toronto last night, capturing #PerseidsMeteorShower. Caught this mini time lapse with one itty bitty streak pic.twitter.com/vJeuszsyYQ— Karen Stannlliii Quarintiinii 🦆 🦆 (@Kazperstan) August 12, 2020
The earth's atmosphere causes the dust to burn up which results in what we know as shooting stars and the occasional "fireball."
Not all of my friends would be willing to drive 4.5 hours after their work shift to join me on the side of a cliff at 1am, but I'm glad I have at least a few who are adventurous (or crazy) enough to say yes to my ridiculous ideas. Saying no leaves you right where you are, saying yes opens up the door to a million possibilities. A few things didn't go as planned (as they always do), I wasn't able get the shot I originally imagined, and @justinross71 forgot his tent poles so he and @tori.silvera had to get creative and string up their tent when we finally got a chance to sleep the following night. But in the end, I ended up with an image I really loved, had a great few days exploring a beautiful area with a couple friends, had a lot of great laughs, and came away with a few stories to tell. The peak of the Perseids is happening over the next couple of days, although I was still able to see a few meteors when I was camping a couple weeks ago. Shot on my Canon 5D IV with a 24-70mm f/2.8L Blend of 34 images shot at 30s f/2.8 ISO 6400
The shower's name comes from Perseus, a constellation that is visible in the northern sky in August and only after sunset.
Star chaser. Some photos from last night’s #PerseidsMeteorShower up in #Muskoka. First time checking out Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve. Putting things back into perspective. ✨✌️— Ryan Bolton (@iamryanbolton) August 12, 2020
How I shot this: Canon 5D Mark IV • f/ 2.8 • 20 seconds • ISO 5000. @Muskoka411 pic.twitter.com/FnlXVtXrbC
According to NASA, the best way to watch this meteor shower is in the dark and away from bright lights.
#PerseidsMeteorShower saw lots of meteors in Southern Manitoba....caught one...second may be a flare🤔a little aurora, a lovely moonrise and lots of clouds....all in all a lovely night under the stars😊 pic.twitter.com/y4SFIRKbOX— Deb Maluk (@dmaluk1) August 12, 2020
Since it can take 30 minutes for your eyes to properly adjust to the dark, they also recommend putting that phone down.
The Perseid meteor shower is expected to last until Aug. 24.
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