Meteor shower to be visible Sunday
In this image provided by NASA Astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 28 flight engineer, tweeted this image from the International Space Station on Sunday Aug. 14 with the following caption: "What a 'Shooting Star' looks like from space, taken yesterday during Perseid Meteor Shower." The image was photographed from the orbiting complex on Saturday Aug. 13 when it was over an area of China approximately 400 kilometers to the northwest of Beijing. (AP Photo/Ron Garan - NAS)
Published Saturday, August 11, 2012 8:46AM EDT
MONTREAL - Weather permitting, Canadians are in for a celestial treat this weekend as the Perseid (Per'-see-id) meteor shower -- the best meteor shower of the year -- reaches its peak.
Hundreds of shooting stars will be blazing across the skies during the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning.
One expert says sky watchers can expect to see meteor rates as high as 100 per hour.
Perseids can be seen any time after 10 p.m.
But, Eric Briggs of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada says the best time to look for them is just before dawn.
An extra treat is also in store because the brightest planets in the solar system -- Venus and Jupiter -- will also be lining up with the moon in the eastern sky.
The Perseid meteor shower happens when the Earth passes through a stream of debris from a comet named Swift-Tuttle.