The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Calgary will have telescopes, binoculars and more to get a close up of the annual Perseids meteor shower this Friday night at the Space Station in Vulcan.

Astronomy coordinator Neel Roberts says according to NASA, this one is super charged.

"Normally we get about 80 meteors per hour, but this time they're predicting more than two times which is about 200," Roberts says. "So it's going to be pretty hard to miss and the way people can see it is they point themselve north, northeast towards the constellation of Perseids and right from sundown until morning you'll be able to catch them."

The last “outburst” was in 2009 and is not expected to return anytime soon considering the previous ones were 1992, 1993 & 1994.

He says it's a great chance for people to get out of the city and get a good look at the meteor shower without all the light polution.

"It makes all the difference in the world and we're not totally out in the middle of the bush, so if people need to use the facilities it's all there but at the same time you have a better sky and people prefer going outside, if you're in downtown where you have all the bright lights it's hard to catch everything," he says.

Everyone's welcome and there's no charge.

Since 2010, the Vulcan Trek Centre has been holding regular, free, public stargazing sessions monthly at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month with astronomy experts on-hand.

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