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Lyrid meteor shower to light up Britain’s skies with 15 meteors an hour this week – Yahoo Style



A meteor from the Lyrids meteor shower crossing the milky way. Single exposure.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower can be spectacular (Getty)
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Between 10 and 15 meteors an hour will streak across the sky, with the best time to watch coming between midnight and dawn. 

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The Met Office says, ‘Known for their fast, bright meteors, the Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers.’

‘The Lyrid meteor shower is named as such because it appears to radiate from the constellation Lyra, though it is better to view the Lyrids away from this constellation so they appear longer and more impressive.’

The annual display is caused by the Earth passing through a cloud of debris from a comet  called C/186 Thatcher.

Star trails including a meteor trail over rice fields and houses in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.Star trails including a meteor trail over rice fields and houses in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.
Meteor trails over rice fields and houses in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan (Getty)

Chinese astronomers wrote about the Lyrids in 687BC, writing ‘at midnight, stars fell like rain’.

There’s no need to take binoculars or a telescope with you, just find a suitably dark area and hope there’s not too much cloud.

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You don’t need to go anywhere special to see it from the UK – just go outside and give your eyes half an hour to get used to the dark.

To see it look for the Big Dipper or The Plough (they’re the same thing, but actually they’re back end of the Great Bear constellation).

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Astronomy site Earthsky says, “The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. 

“Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalising Lyrids are worth checking out.”

In the book ‘Observe Meteors’, authors David Levy and Stephen Edberg write, “… of the annual meteor showers, this is the first one that really commands attention, one for which you can organise a shower observing party with significant chance of success.”

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Meteor shower alert: How to watch the 2020 Perseids at their peak – Global News



The coronavirus pandemic may have nixed most annual summer events, but it hasn’t stopped nature’s most spectacular yearly meteor shower, the Perseids, from lighting up the night sky.

The Perseids come around once a year in mid-August, when the Earth passes through a trail of comet dust on its way around the sun. The dust burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere, generating so-called “shooting stars” — and even the odd fireball — in the night sky.

It’s said to be the most spectacular meteor shower of the year. It’s also the easiest to watch because of the summer weather and the high volume of meteors.

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The 2020 meteor shower is already underway and will peak on Wednesday, Aug. 12, NASA says. The Perseids typically deliver about 50-100 meteors per hour at their peak, although the moon will likely outshine some of the weaker streaks this year.

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Early risers can catch the light show at its peak on Wednesday morning before dawn in North America. Skywatchers can expect about 15-20 meteors per hour, NASA says.

Folks in southern Ontario will have an especially clear view, according to Global News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell.

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The meteor shower will still be impressive on Thursday and Friday morning, according to the astronomy website EarthSky. The site recommends checking out the sky before dawn or after midnight, before the moon rises.

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The Perseids are caused by debris from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which loops around the sun on a 133-year orbit.

The meteor shower takes its name from Perseus, the constellation that appears in the northern sky in August after sunset. The meteors can be seen in the sky near this constellation.

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The best way to catch the meteor shower is to go somewhere dark, away from the bright lights of a city or town. The best way to see a shooting star is with the naked eye, NASA says. It may take about 30 minutes to properly adjust to the darkness, and you should definitely avoid using your phone during that time.

“Telescopes or binoculars are not recommended because of their small fields of view,” the agency says.

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The meteor shower is expected to last until Aug. 24.

That means you’ll get a good chance to wish upon a shooting star if you look up after dark this month.

And with the way 2020 is going, you’ve probably got a lot to wish for.

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City council votes to move forward on proposed multi-use indoor turf facility at Chapples Park in Thunder Bay –



After more than four hours of discussions, presentations and debate, Thunder Bay’s city council voted to move forward on the proposed multi-use indoor turf facility at Chapples Park.

Councillors voted nine to four in favour of putting the facility out to tender for construction upon completion of the tender package and to confirm the source of financing identified in the report presented before the council on Monday night.

Before the vote was held, council received four deputations from community members, including two that requested council delay making a decision until other sources of funding were confirmed, a presentation from former city councillor and current vice-president with the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition (CLE) Joe Virdiramo about the possibility of considering the construction of a new facility on the CLE grounds, and from Mike Veneziale of Soccer Northwest Ontario.

Questions from councillors to city administration and presenters ranged from the cost of the facility to residents, the potential impact on the business case for the facility if a private turf facility is constructed at the Golf Links Road location, the source of funding for the project and potential contributions from other levels of government, as well as the level of community support.

Councillors also debated the possibility of delaying their decision until November 2021 at the latest.

That recommendation was put forth by Thunder Bay city manager Norm Gale, who sought council’s support to push the date for a decision back to provide more clarity on the city’s financial status as a result of uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fact that there is no confirmed external funding to support the project came up frequently during the council debate. Specifically, the city has an outstanding application for funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program that would be deemed ineligible if council voted to put the facility out for tender before receiving an answer in regards to their application.

However, the motion to refer the decision was defeated by a vote of nine to four, with councillors Mark Bentz, Trevor Giertuga, Brian Hamilton and Rebecca Johnson all voting in favour of pushing back the date for a decision.

The next test for the facility will come at the city council meeting on Aug 24, when councillors will vote to confirm their decision to move forward and put the facility out for tender.

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Ottawa on Tuesday, Aug. 11 –



Recent developments:

What’s the latest?

School boards in Quebec and Ottawa updated their plans for September on Monday, but many parents say they still don’t know if they feel safe sending their kids back to class.

Parents trying to decide whether to send their kids back to school this fall are frustrated because they don’t think the board has given enough information to make that call. We speak with parents. 10:21

Multiple Royal Canadian Legions in eastern Ontario say they’re on the brink of bankruptcy or permanent closure since they’ve been unable to rent out halls or hold fundraisers in the pandemic.

While parts of the Ottawa area are under a heat warning, experts are starting to speak up about what the first full winter of this pandemic will look like.

How many cases are there?

There have been 2,650 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began and 264 people have died of the respiratory illness.

The majority of cases in the city — 2,240 — are classified as resolved.

In all, public health officials have reported nearly 4,100 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, with more than 3,500 cases resolved.


COVID-19 has killed 102 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 17 in other parts of eastern Ontario and 33 in the Outaouais.

Experts analyzing blood tests said last week the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Ontario could be four times more than previously confirmed and in Quebec, more than twice as many.

What’s open and closed?

Ottawa is in Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan, which means more businesses are open including dine-in restaurants and movie theatres.

Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 are now allowed in that province but attendees must follow physical distancing guidelines.

Quebec has similar rules, with its cap on physically distanced gatherings in public venues now up to 250 people, allowing smaller festivals.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum reopens Friday and the Canadian Museum of Nature Sept, 5, following other national museums.

The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa plans to reopen after Labour Day with controlled attendance and a set route through the exhibits. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Most Ottawa Public Library branches will be open for in-person browsing and computer use next week. 

Elementary students in Ontario will be heading back to school full time come September, while most high school students will split their time between the classroom and online learning, depending on the board. 

Individual boards have started to release further guidance.

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Distancing and isolating

The novel coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes on another person or object. People don’t need to have symptoms to be contagious.

That means physical distancing measures such as working from home, meeting others outdoors as much as possible and keeping distance from anyone they don’t live with or have in their circle, including when you have a mask on.

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Masks are now mandatory in indoor public settings in all of eastern Ontario and Quebec, where transit officials and taxi drivers are now required to bar access to users over age 12 who refuse to wear one.

Masks are also recommended outdoors when you can’t stay the proper distance from others.

York Street in the ByWard Market in August 2020, with traffic changes to encourage distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Michel Aspirot/Radio-Canada)

Anyone who has symptoms or travelled recently outside Canada must self-isolate for at least 14 days.

Anyone waiting for a COVID-19 test result in Ontario must self-isolate at least until they know the result. Quebec asks people waiting to only self-isolate in certain circumstances.

People in both provinces should self-isolate if they’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive or is presumed to have COVID-19.

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Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges self-isolation for people with weakened immune systems and OPH recommends people over 70 stay home as much as possible. 

Top medical officials say people should be prepared for the possibility COVID-19 restrictions last into 2022 or 2023.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a dry cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. 

Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pinkeye. Children can develop a rash.

If you have severe symptoms, call 911.

Where to get tested

In eastern Ontario:

In Ottawa any resident who feels they need a test, even if they are not showing symptoms, can be tested at one of three sites.

Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.

Atlético Ottawa midfielder Francisco Acuna and defender Vashon Neufville stretch during a practice June 3, 2020. The expansion team debuts on Saturday afternoon during the CPL’s P.E.I. tournament. (Chris Wattie/The Canadian Press)

In the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area, there is a drive-thru centre in Casselman that can handle 200 tests a day and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don’t require people to call ahead.

Others in Alexandria, Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.

In Kingston, the Leon’s Centre is hosting the city’s test site. Find it at Gate 2.

Napanee‘s test centre is open daily for people who call for an appointment.

You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling.

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The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.

It has a walk-in site in Brockville at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.

There are test clinics in five Renfrew County communities this week.

Its residents should call their family doctor and those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 to register for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.

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In western Quebec:

Outaouais residents now can get a walk-in test in Gatineau five days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond and at recurring clinics by appointment in communities such as Gracefield, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.

They can call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment or if they have other questions.

As of mid-August, there were longer wait times for test results here compared to some other regions of Quebec.

Parc des Cèdres in the western Gatineau, Que., community of Aylmer June 25, 2020. Gatineau is one of the communities under a heat warning today, one that’s expected to end tonight. (Frédéric Pepin/Radio-Canada)

First Nations:

Local communities have declared states of emergency, put in a curfew or both.

Akwesasne has had 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Most are linked back to a gathering on an island with a non-resident who wasn’t showing symptoms at the time.

It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only. Anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who’s been farther than 80 kilometres away is asked to self-isolate for 14 days. It’s 100 miles or 160 kilometres away on the American side.

Anyone in Tyendinaga who’s interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse. Face coverings are now mandatory in its public buildings.

People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.

Kitigan Zibi is planning for an Aug. 29 election with changes depending on the status of the pandemic at that time. It plans on starting to open schools and daycares next month.

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