The dazzling Perseid meteor shower is happening over Vancouver Island TONIGHT

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER PEAKS TONIGHT

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER PEAKS TONIGHT

And while the sky is unlikely to be perfectly cloudless all week, she said, it's looking clear enough early Wednesday and Thursday morning to make it worth getting up early to catch a glimpse of this year's Perseid meteor showers.

Because the moon will almost be full, the best chance to see the meteors will be when the moon is low in the west, or the brief period after it sets. You will need to be keen though - the best viewing time is between 3am and dawn.

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NASA's Marshall is home to the space agency's Meteor Watch Team, which will stream live the Perseid meteor shower later tonight. The annual meteor shower happens due to earth passing through the Comet Swift-Tuttle. This comet has an orbital period of 133 years. Still, "the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs", NASA says, making it a cosmic show stargazers won't want to miss. As Earth passes through the celestial debris every year, some of those tiny bits of sand, metal and rock burn up as they come into contact with Earth's atmosphere, creating the flashing trails across the night sky.

This time-lapse shot of the Perseid meteor shower over Salmon Arm shows the busy night sky with the city below. The longer one looks at the dark sky, the more the eye will adapt to the lack of light and be more sensitive to catch the faint glow from the meteors.

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