The annual Perseids meteor shower will be at its peak Saturday night.

Local skywatcher Ken McAllister says the Perseids meteor shower is the remnants of comet Swift-Tuttle and, as Earth passes through the dust each year, it creates what is more commonly known as shooting stars.

"The Perseids shower is very reliable, very dependable, every August around this time it's always there. Of course, there are other meteor showers during the year, on average there's one a month. Another very popular one is in winter, but our winters are cold, so it's more fun to hang out at the Perseids."

He notes it's best to drive away from the city lights into the country to see the meteors the best, adding this year may be a bit more difficult because the moon is expected to be quite bright.

McAllister says some years there are up to 60 visible meteors per hour.

"It's a good time if you're planning a night out, just camp out under the stars."

More Local News

NetSet Brand Now Part Of Xplornet

The Vice President of NetSet communications sees great potential to now being part of Xplornet Communications. Last month, Xplornet purchased the Brandon-based communications company. NetSet Vice…

Nominations Now Open For Women of Distinction

For just over 30 years women from across Westman have been honored for their contributions to their communities through the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. Now celebrating 31 years, the Brandon…

Arthur-Virden MLA Speaks On Fall Legislative Session

Arthur-Virden MLA Doyle Piwniuk says the government introduced a lot of good legislation during the fall sitting of the Manitoba Legislature. The Manitoba government introduced several legislative…

Prairie Mountain Heath Looking For Volunteers For Tax Work

Prairie Mountain Heath is looking for people to help out with some income tax work. Volunteers Needed for Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). CVITP is a free service to help low-income…

Treherne to Upgrade Water Renewal System

The town of Treherne will soon have a better water renewal system. Norfolk-Treherne Reeve Craig Spencer says it's a costly process funded by a small communty grant from the federal and provincial…

New City Manager For Portage

A new city manager's been chosen for the City of Portage la Prairie. Nathan Peto takes over from Jean-Marc Nadeau December 11th. We reached Peto in Brandon this morning, and he tells us he's excited…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login