What are you doing tonight? If you have nothing exciting planned here is a suggestion for a FREE activity, weather permitting.
It is the 2011 Perseid Meteor Shower and for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, August is the best time to watch the night skies for meteors. It is predicted to peak on August 12th and 13th, fingers crossed the clouds and full moon does not hamper our view. During perfect sky conditions it is possible to see 60 to 100 meteors in just one hour!
Meteors are born when small dust grains from space impact the Earth’s atmosphere at incredibly high speeds. The light streaks we see across the night sky are from the debris burning up from friction with the atmosphere.
Ottawa weather forecast calls for a clear night. Perhaps the meteor show is a good reason to drag out a few lawn chairs, uncork a beverage, sit back, and watch the show. It sounds like a fun family activity or a perhaps romantic evening with your sweetheart. Awww.
Find a location away from the city light pollution and look up to the north-eastern sky. Do not worry, meteors are safe to watch with the naked eye.