The Year’s Brightest Meteor Shower To Dazzle BC Skies This Week

"The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year".

With the moon just a thin crescent in the sky around the time of this year's peak - and setting early in the evening - the sky will be left even darker, making the meteors that much easier to spot.

Skygazers can witness up to a whopping 60 and 70 meteors every hours.

The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour on August 11 to 13, setting up a spectacular show for stargazers.

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

Even if you aren't an avid astronomer, you'll still have a great view.

The Perseids produce the highest number of bright fireball meteors.

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show.

The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views.

The American Meteor Society said to look for shooting stars before the break of dawn when the shower's radiant climbs into the sky.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Some more good news - with the New Moon coming on August 11, the light pollution will be low.

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.