The brightest meteor shower of the year will be overhead this weekend and you should be able to see it with the naked eye if the weather decides to cooperate!
The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is Saturday, August 13 from midnight until dawn and will emanate from the north eastern sky and the constellation Perseus.
Earth is passing through the debris left by comet Swift-Turtle and it is putting on a light show above us. You will want to head to a dark area of Nova Scotia to view because the moon will also be close to its brightest and light from cities will wash out much of what is falling.
If you are in a dark area with clear skies you will have the best view of what is usually a peak of 100 meteors per hour. With the full moon it will be less than this.
Top 5 Spots To Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend
#1 Deep Sky Eye Observatory
Deep Sky Eye Observatory is a family operated observatory with unique stargazing accommodations. It offers stargazing adventures in the rural village of Quinan near Yarmouth. It is located in the first Starlight Tourist Destination in North America.
#2 Kejimkujik National Park
A National Park and a National Historic Site, Keji is a Dark Sky Preserve, the only one in Nova Scotia. It’s the perfect place to go and see meteor showers and shooting stars.
#3 The Bras d’Or Lake
The Bras d’Or Lake is Canada’s largest inland sea. Most areas of the lake are secluded from the lights of the city and towns making it the perfect place to stargaze and watch the meteor shower.
#4 White Point Beach Resort
The only location on our list you must pay to visit, but is it worth it! Stay the night in a chalet or book a room in the lodge for an amazing night of stargazing at White Point Beach Resort on Nova Scotia’s south shore, just south of Liverpool.
#5 Peggy’s Cove
If you can’t make it far out of the city but can make it to Peggy’s Cove you will discover the wonders of the night sky. You might even catch the perfect shot of a meteor with our iconic lighthouse in the foreground.