You’re being reminded to look to the sky during the night in mid-August for an annual meteor shower.
The Perseids can be seen every year for a couple weeks with Fort McMurray in a perfect location to view the unique phenomenon.
Jon Tupper, Creator of the Fort McMurray Amateur Astronomy Enthusiasts group, tells Mix News these meteors can be seen with the naked eye.
“No equipment is acquired other than a can of good bug spray… just pull up a lawn chair, lay back and enjoy.”
The ideal time to see the spectacle would be between August 10 and 13.
Dr. Peter Brown, Physics and Astronomy Professor at Western University and former Fort McMurray resident, says around 7 a.m. would be the perfect time.
However, he understands this may be a problem up north.
“Unfortunately, at 7 a.m. the sun is up but, nevertheless, you get to see a few meteors in the early morning hours.”
To get the best view, Dr. Brown is recommending you travel south.
The darker and clearer the night sky is, the better.
“You can see the meteors anywhere in the sky but for [Fort McMurray] you’re going to be better off looking to the south and physically trying to locate yourself a little bit to the south of the city.”
— MIX 103.7 News (@Mix1037FMNews) July 29, 2021