If you’ve never seen a shooting star, tonight may be your lucky night.
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower has arrived, and NASA expects it to be one of the best potential meteor viewing opportunities this year.
According to NASA’s website, “The Perseids show up every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet, This year, Earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails that result in meteor shower, setting the stage for a spectacular display.”
The display is very weather dependent, as views may be hindered by cloudy skies. Here in the 514, the Weather Network is predicting a slightly cloudy skies so make sure you find a spot with a clear view of the sky!
In order to help you plan better, here are five tips on watching the Perseids tonight (and Friday) in Montreal.
NASA suggests going to watch the spectacle between midnight and dawn on the morning of August 12. It also recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to darkness.
Where to watch
Darkness is required for optimal viewing, which is pretty tough in the city. But try one of the local parks, such as Mount Royal which will no doubt be filled with a plethora of meteor watchers. Your rooftop is also a great idea especially if sangrias and some friends are on the menu. And if you really want to get adventurous and go for a drive, park yourself at one of the closer mountain like Mont Saint Sauveur where you’ll most likely either be alone or with very limited people around you.
Bring water, snacks, blankets, your cell fully charged for those candid shots, and an umbrella – just in case. Most importantly, be comfortable.
Join an organized event
Although not set at the optimal time, the Morgan Arboretum in St-Anne-de-Bellevue is hosting a public viewing this Saturday, August 13th of the showers featuring a short presentation before heading out to watch the show. Otherwise check out these local meetups.
What to look for
If you’ve ever spotted a shooting star, that’s what you’re looking for. While some may expect a hundred meteors an hour, it is actually more like 10. Be patient, look up, and watch for those lines across the skies.
And if it’s cloudy or thunderstorms, or you’d rather your Tinder date be indoors, NASA has kindly set up a live broadcast of the shower beginning overnight on August 11-12 and August 12-13 at 10 pm ET.