Chris Hadfield weighs in on the Perseid meteor shower

It's going to shower meteors Aug. 12

The meteors themselves are usually no larger than a grain of sand, but when they hit the Earth's atmosphere they are travelling at over 100,000mph or 60 kilometres per second.

The peak time for Perseid watching will be Saturday night and before dawn on Sunday, but the meteors may already be making an appearance.

Astronomy lovers in B.C. hoping to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night could potentially be out of luck.

"Every year on this day we go through that trail of dust, and it lights up our sky", said Scott McGillivray of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Al Hariri said they were scheduled to gather in a dark sky desert area to observe and capture the view of the Persied Meteor Shower. For more details about the Perseid Meteor Shower, Space.com has some great information right here. 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.

With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley.

Astronomers have projected a rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America, but only about 30 to 40 will be visible.

Observers were advised to look in the opposite direction in order to best observe the space rubble flying for longer, away from the bright light of the waning gibbous moon.

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