When to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Manitoba this weekend

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The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus, which is where the meteor shower's colorful streaks appear to come from in the night sky.

Meteor showers are fun to watch, especially when they produce a lot of meteors. Since the Earth passes through that trail of comet detritus every year, we get a pretty little show.

Viewing here in West Michigan appears to be fair to good as of this writing. With the nightly moon waxing and waning, and meteor showers lighting up the darkness, it can be an exciting time to hang out with friends and family for some celestial entertainment this August and September.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is caused by the dust and debris trailing the Swift-Tuttle comet, which orbits the sun approximately every 133 years. The Comet Swift-Tuttle is known as the single most risky object known to humanity. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field.

Accuweather recommends viewers "Lay on your back and watch the whole sky, not just the radiant point, and avoid looking at your phone and other light sources", when viewing the meteor shower.

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Although, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be privy to the best views, according to NASA, anyone can see the light show. Be aware of your surroundings and terrain when going into dark areas. But try one of the local parks. It will take 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the night sky. A red balloon or red cellophane will also work. "You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones. The longer you're outside in the dark, the better your vision of the meteors will be.

If you can't make it that night, Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) happens to be doing a, "Five Nights under Dark Skies" event the nights of August 10-14.

There is no need for a telescope or binoculars to view the meteors. They will be available after 8 pm each night.

Technically, we have been passing through this patch of debris since July 17 and will continue passing through it until August 24. Make time to take in our attractive, dark skies.

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