Earlier this week, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield chatted with one of our sister stations, Jack FM and talked about how up in outer space, you can actually hear the meteorites ricocheting off the space station.
Astronomy lovers in B.C. hoping to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night could potentially be out of luck. In the Sacramento region, a lack of clouds will help viewing, as Saturday night's forecast predicts clear skies. The event started with a talk and presentation by DAG CEO Hasan Al Hariri, where he talked about the science behind Persied Meteor Shower, how to observe the showers and how any person can take pictures with an ordinary camera.
The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year as Earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids refer to a regular occurrence of meteorites that appear to come from the Perseus constellation.
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Experts say that next year looks to be better because the meteor shower will coincide will a new moon.
Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar are the best places to watch the shower because of the low rate of light pollution and clear sky-view without any urban light pollution. This comet orbits the sun in a much more oblong path than Earth's orbit. You'll still be able to see meteors following moon rise but the number of "shooting stars" you spot won't likely be as high.