(UPDATED) Perseid Meteor Shower will be most visible on Wednesday, August 12

Dec 19 2017, 4:45 pm

Update: Sea to Sky Park Services asked us to remove the Porteau Cove viewing party, citing a lack of permits from the event organizer.

The Perseid Meteor Shower happens yearly, but Vancouverites will get a lovely, clear view of it this week thanks to a new moon and forecasted clear skies.

NASA says the shower is expected to peak on the night of Wednesday, August 12 and heading into the early hours of Thursday, August 13. Optimal viewing will be in dark, clear areas free from light pollution.

“The darker the sky, the better viewing experience you can have. Lie on the ground and look straight up. Remember, your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow plenty of time for your eyes to adjust,” recommends NASA’s Bill Cooke.

The Perseids have been observed for around 2,000 years and is the result of Earth passing through debris caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle. The shower consists of 1,000-year-old bits of ice and dust that burn up in the atmosphere.