Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
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The night was the meteor shower the Perseids is one of the

The night was the meteor shower the Perseids is one of the

If you're hoping to see the galactic light show that is the Perseid meteor shower this time around, you just might be in luck, according to Ottawa's backyard astronomer, Gary Boyle.

Known as perseids, also called "Tears of St. Lawrence", the shower of shooting stars is visible in the Earth's atmosphere.

If you're curious as to when the next meteor shower will be, you can consult this handy dandy graphic put out by NASA!

Taking approximately 133 years to complete each of its solar orbits, the comet last flew its closest approach to Earth in. "But a meteor shower such as the Perseids all seem to emanate from the constellation Perseus, which is in the northeast sky", Boyle said.


However, unlike last night, most areas in the county are due to have clear skies.

With a nucleus that is 26 km in diameter, Comet Swift-Tuttle contains almost 30 times the kinetic energy of the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs. You'll have a lovely view of one of nature's greatest shows.

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