This years Perseid meteor shower happens on Saturday, August 12. It peaks during daylight hours (1 PM) but continues on into the evening. Our SCC Observatory at Sechelt Airport will be open that night at 9:30 PM for public viewing. Jupiter will be in the west and Saturn in the southern sky for viewing, as will many double stars, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Come watch meteors with us! Check the we site before setting out though as the weather and haze forecast are not looking promising(9-Aug).
The Perseid shower occurs each year in July and August when Earth passes through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. This year the shower’s peak — when Earth passes through the densest, dustiest part of the comet’s tail — occurs on Aug. 12. This year the Perseids will be a little more difficult to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight local time.