The annual Perseid Meteor Shower will light up the skies above Gros Morne with shooting stars this week, with the peak of the shower happening on August 11 and 12. Usually the Perseids bring us about 50 or 60 shooting stars per hour, but this year is expected to bring 100-200 shooting stars every hour. That’s so many that they’re actually calling this a meteor storm!
Assuming the skies are cloud-free (fingers crossed!), here are five tips for making the most of the Perseid Meteor Shower in Gros Morne.
1. Know when and where to look
The peak of the meteor shower will be very early in the morning on Friday, August 12 — after the moon sets, about 1am until dawn. Of course, you’ll still be able to see meteors outside of the peak time (Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday morning), that’s just when you’ll be able to expect the most.
Start by looking in to the north east sky to start, but it might seem like you’re seeing them all over the sky later in the night.
2. Find dark skies
Thankfully, this is incredibly easy in the Gros Morne region. If you’re in or around one of the communities, just getting away from street lights will give you plenty of darkness to see the sky clearly. Even better: get out of town and away from any light.
3. Be prepared: bring a flashlight/headlamp, warm clothes and snacks
Safety first! Don’t be stuck stumbling around in the dark when you’re trying to make your way home at the end of the night, especially if you’re anywhere near a beach or cliffs (both of which are common in Gros Morne). Bring a flashlight or a headlamp so that you can make your way out safely.
You never know what the temperature will be like in the middle of the night, so be prepared. Wear some layers and bring a warm hat. For extra bonus comfort, bring a blanket to sit on or wrap yourself up in! And you don’t want to end up getting hungry while waiting for the lightshow to start, so bring a few snacks along too.
4. Be patient
It can take your eyes up to 30 or 40 minutes to really adjust to seeing in the dark, so give yourself lots of time. You might not see much at first, but when your eyes adjust the sky will light up!
5. Bring a friend!
Waiting around in the dark to see a meteor shower is way better with a friend or a group of friends. Late night conversations are amazing and you’ll have someone to share the awe of the meteor shower with.