Perseid meteor shower set to dazzle Vancouver skies next week

As the full moon is on August 15, moonlight from the waxing gibbous moon close to the nights around the peak will obscure all but the brightest meteors.

The peak of the Perseids coincides with a full moon, which means many meteors that would otherwise be visible will be washed out.

Close to the peak activity of the Perseids, Northern Hemisphere observers can see 60 to 100 meteors per hour under ideal viewing conditions, which include unobstructed views of dark, moonless skies between midnight and dawn. "Most of the meteors leave a glittering trail as they pass", Samuhel said.

Regardless of the date, the best time to go star-gazing for meteors is during cloudless nights.

Despite the bright moon, it will still be worth looking for shooting stars since the Perseids are known to produce especially bright fireballs. This includes most of the western United States, the southern Plains and a swath of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and New England. The key is to find a dark place, far from city lights. While the gas giant shows off its rings only through a small telescope, to the naked eye its distinct golden hue is striking.

Locals will also be able to catch some of the astral magic in the days leading up to the shower's peak, as well as in the days right after.

With SkySafari you will be able to view the orbit of comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle in 3D and find out where the Perseid meteors are appearing, much like Sky Guide.

As for when to head outside under the stars, folks may want to brew a cup of coffee if they hope to see the Perseids in all their glory.

Usually, the Perseids are visible starting mid July and remain active for the most part of August.

NASA said not all the meteors you'll see belong to the Persoid meteor shower, with other background meteors and weaker showers also present.

The Perseids meteor shower is best viewed away from lights and clouds (if possible). With skies are filled with bright planets, meteors and the ghostly glow of a myriad of stars of the Milky Way. The Perseids and Alpha Capricornids are now active, and early this week, a fireball meteor was visible streaking across the night sky over New England. This will help to increase the odds of seeing some meteors.

The Draconid meteor shower is the next meteor shower, which falls on October 8, followed by the Orionid meteor shower, which will take place on October 21.