The Ottawa Stargazer’s Guide to the Perseid Meteor Shower

Have you ever had the chance to see a meteor shower? There’s really nothing quite like it! Whether you have or haven’t, you won’t have long to wait because you can catch the Perseid meteor shower Tuesday and Wednesday and the viewing conditions are looking good with the moon at only 52% illumination. If you aren’t sure where to start, we have a guide for how to get ready for this celestial experience. 

Be prepared for a late night 

The meteor shower is due to take place after midnight but more than likely closer to sunrise. If you have a chance to get a nap in beforehand, it’s recommended!  

Find a dark area for optimal viewing 

It’s recommended that you find a spot with little light pollution, such as a park or a beach. Given this is a late night activity, always go with a buddy or a loved one.  

Put your phone in your pocket  

Even the smallest bit of a light will have an effect on what you can see in the sky. In order to get the most out of the experience, it’s recommended to keep your phone’s brightness way down and to keep it in your pocket too.  

Leave your telescope at home  

The lovely thing about the Perseid meteor shower is you don’t need any special equipment to see it so you can leave your binoculars and telescopes at home.  

Keep your social distance 

If you are going to be meeting up with people outside your social bubble or have plans to go to a popular viewing spot, keep social distancing at the forefront. Bring your mask in case you need to go indoors as well.  

Have you ever witnessed a meteor shower? Drop a comment below. 

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