Meteor Shower Set To Dazzle

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News

The Perseid meteor shower comes around every August, but it’s expected to be especially brilliant this year. Jupiter’s gravitational pull is dragging more meteorites into Earth’s path. As it moves on its orbit around the sun, our planet will plow through debris left behind from a comet. When those pieces of dirt, rock, and ice hit our atmosphere, they will heat up and disintegrate, turning into bright, burning flares. Prince George is perfectly situated to see the Perseid; all you need is find a dark place away from city lights, and allow at least 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. The meteor shower is expected to peak Thursday and Friday nights. The public is welcome to visit the Prince George Observatory Friday; it’s hosting a viewing party starting at 9:30. The Observatory will be hosting open houses every Friday night through the end of November. For directions and more details, visit pgrasc.org.

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