Starting next Thursday, astronomy enthusiasts can enjoy the passage of the Perseids, one of the brightest meteor showers.
The full moon, however, could limit the observation of meteors from next weekend.
That is why it is best to observe the passage of shooting stars as early as Thursday, when the “almost full moon” will not affect the brightest stars yet. However, the best time remains the night of August 12 to 13, since the meteor shower will reach its peak, according to the Montreal Planetarium Astronomical Society.
Space for Life recommends wait until the end of the night to observe shooting stars.
It is however recommended to move away from the city, since light pollution can affect the brightness of shooting stars. In addition to a full moon, artificial light from streetlights, signs and vehicles can make it difficult to see meteors, the meteorologist explained.
For the best experience, skies should be clear and devoid of from any light exposure. It is therefore advisable to drop the cell phone, which would be useless anyway.
According to the Canadian Space Agency, between 20 and 30 meteors per hour may be observed during the “peak” of the Perseids.
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