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You Can See A Stunning Meteor Shower From British Columbia Tonight

You Can See A Stunning Meteor Shower From British Columbia Tonight”

Almost 200 people across the Northeast reported seeing a bright object streak across the sky. The shower will be visible both Friday and Saturday night.

First things first, do you know the difference between a meteor, a comet and an asteroid? The shower is called the Orionids because of where it appears in our sky. The meteors get their name from this constellation, because they originate near it; however, they can be seen across the entire sky.

Longford stargazers will be excited to learn that dozens of shooting stars will streak across the sky tonight as the Earth passes through the debris of Halley's Comet. "Bits of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us a couple dozen of meteors per hour". Plus, the moon won't be around, so the sky will be nice and dark.

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Katherine Hunt, Planetarium Manager at Ingram Planetarium said the best chance to catch a glimpse of the shower is to look to the east early Saturday morning, before dawn.

Uranus is in full opposition on Thursday, meaning it's directly opposite the sun.

"As with observing any meteor shower, get to a dark spot, get comfortable, bring blankets to stay warm, and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky".

Is this our best viewing chance? "Lie flat on your back with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible". It will be toward the bottom of the Pisces "v".

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Astronomer Tom Kerss, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said weather and light pollution would mean people would most likely see fewer than that - but said it's still worth gazing skyward.

Venus and Mars rise just before the sun this week.

Cloudy skies will be rolling across the USA this weekend. Mars comes up at 5:34 a.m., and Venus rises at 7:46 a.m.

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