Watch the Perseids meteor shower, the annual show of shooting stars that is one of the most popular celestial events in the world, with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on August 13th in Aldergrove. You can bring the family to this viewing event, enjoy activities and refreshments, and even camp out for the night!
Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower
Where: Aldergrove Regional Park
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission: All ages. Drop-in, $2 per person.
Join astronomers with telescopes as they search the night sky for the Perseids meteor shower. Enjoy lantern-lit trails, blacklight skits, games, crafts, storytelling and other entertainment. Camp overnight to extend your star gazing experience. Aldergrove Elks Lodge #66 concession available for hot drinks, food and Sunday morning breakfast, CASH ONLY. Meet at Aldergrove Bowl entrance at 501 Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford.
Camping setup is from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Full camping details are available online.
“The Perseids meteor shower happens every August. The Earth plows into debris left behind from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last passed close to Earth in 1992… While the comet poses no threat to the planet for the foreseeable future, it is a very large object. Its nucleus of 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) in diameter is about the same size as the one that crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago and killed the dinosaurs.” [Space]
A few other areas for recommended viewing are McDonald Park in Abbotsford, Porteau Cove up the Sea to Sky, Barnet Marine Park, Belcarra, and Iona — although the closer to the city lights you get the less you’re likely to see in the night’s sky.