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They occur every year between July 17 and August 24 and tend to peak around August 9-13. That said, the greatest determining factor will be light, Van Laerhoven says. “Try and find a space that is reasonably open so you can see a fair amount of sky, but where there are trees in strategic places to block out light in nearby buildings,” Van Laerhoven says. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. As the comet bits come near our atmosphere, they burn up and are visible from the earth. But if you can’t get out to a cottage or a camp ground way outside of the city, there are still some options. files landmark antitrust case against Google, Charges laid against Hamilton man accused of threatening to carry out shooting at Toronto school: police, Ontario reports 790 new COVID-19 cases as officials insist that they have finally dealt with testing backlog, Toronto temple leader charged with historical sex assault on young girl, Richmond Hill – a viewing event is being held at the, Hamilton -- Perseids meteor shower with the. The meteor show in the night sky unfolds each year as the earth passes by the debris field left in the path of the comet Swift–Tuttle. With your own eyes as your best instruments, it’s worth leaving a little time for them to calibrate. You’d be surprised how chilly it gets at night. Across Canada, the best viewing … “There is a big however, and that is the moon,” Van Laerhoven says. Just lie outside and enjoy the night sky, with some good company. You may still catch a few of the best meteors of the year. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney, File). Stargazers in the GTA could be in for a treat this weekend when they look up to catch the annual Perseid meteor showers. See also. While the meteor sightings are expected to be more frequent this year, there is one big caveat in terms of what’s happening locally in our skies. To sum up your best technique for catching the Perseids? And bring a blanket! Hamilton -- Perseids meteor shower with the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers at the Binbrook Conservation Area from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday August 12 Pickering -- Public Stargazing at … The specific problem is that the moon rises at almost the same time as the constellation Perseus, the namesake of this shower. Perseid meteor shower to peak over Toronto this weekend; An incredibly rare total solar eclipse is taking place this summer; Stargazing in Canada ranks among best in the world (PHOTOS) Here are some tips. “Unless you’re the flash, you‘re probably not going to see it in your telescope,” she says. August is a great time to catch meteors. And even if you did, you wouldn’t be able to see much more than you can with the naked eye. Want to discuss? “Because you want the moon to go down, the morning of the 12th is probably your best bet,” Van Laerhoven says. This is particularly important because of the moon’s presence in the sky for this year’s shower. This is the location from which the meteors seem to originate, called the radiant. “It takes your eyes something like 30 minutes to fully adjust to the darkness, so this is a thing that requires patience,” Van Laerhoven says. Don’t expect to see a meteor after being outside for five minutes or even 15. 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But this year the earth will pass closer to the centre of the comet’s debris field, meaning that roughly double the normal amount of burnups will be visible. Though the moon will be roughly 95 per cent illuminated Tuesday night, the key is to turn away from it so that you’re not looking at its bright glare. Still, the Perseids provide us with some of the brightest meteors of the year, so you have a pretty good chance of catching a few. “But the little bits of debris that we’re starting from are like the size of a grain of sand. READ MORE: Look up! “The moon is between a quarter and full, so the moon is quite bright right now and the moon doesn’t set until about 1 a.m. Ontario realtors are being urged to stop hosting open houses again amid a resurgence of COVID-19. Astronomers are saying the Perseid meteor shower, which occurs each year in August, is likely to hit a spectacular peak in the early Thursday, Aug. 13 hours. If you’ve been itching to try out a new telescope, this is the wrong event for it. The only problem is that pesky, almost-full moon is making it difficult. The best time to catch the Perseids is as the night wears on, right into the dawn. Ancient meteorite crater found in southern Alberta, Bright meteor lights up the sky over Toronto, eastern Ontario. The Perseid meteor shower in Ontario will reach its peak visibility for 2020 on the nights of August 11-12 and you’re not going to want to miss this galactic light show. The Perseid shower actually runs from July 13 to Aug. 26 as Earth enters the debris left over from Comet Swift-Tuttle (its debris is what streaks through the atmosphere giving us the Perseids). We’ve always been taught to look at the person we’re talking to, but forget being polite when watching for meteors: If you don’t look up, you miss the chance to catch these tiny pieces of space dust that might cross the sky in the blink of an eye. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate guide to watching the meteor shower in and around the GTA! However there are a few things to know. Always look up. And remember: there’s always next year – and there won’t be a moon to deal with. “If you can’t get out of the city, that’s probably your best bet. Also, don’t look at your phone: that white light will make you lose your dark adaptation (which allows you to see faint objects in the sky), and even if you just look at it for a split second, it could take several minutes for your eyes to readjust. 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This year’s Perseid meteor shower is expected to be even more spectacular, courtesy of an outburst that happens only once a decade. “If you have the time and capacity, going up to somewhere like Algonquin Park would be fantastic,” she says. Toronto real estate poses bubble risk, while Vancouver homes are overvalued, UBS says, Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro short on specifics, long on bullishness, Raptors do without live visits from potential recruits as NBA draft approaches, Messing dedicating his Skate America performance to grounded Canadian teammates, Giuliani caught in hotel bedroom scene in new 'Borat' film, Short-video app Quibi shutting down just months after launch, Hulu secures U.S. rights Jann Arden's semi-autobiographical sitcom, NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grab, WestJet to refund some passengers whose flights were cancelled because of COVID-19, U.S. Justice Dept.