The Perseid meteor shower is a fan favorite and it peaks next week! August 11, 12 and 13, 2021.
According to EarthSky.org “The bits and pieces from Comet Swift-Tuttle slam into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at some 130,000 miles (210,000 km) per hour, lighting up the nighttime with fast-moving Perseid meteors.” IF we were to have perfect visibility, this meteor shower could display 50-100 meteors per hour.
What to know about viewing:
- No special equipment, or knowledge of the constellations, needed
- Find a wide-open sky
- Look away from the moon and of course away from bright lights
- Don’t get hung up looking to the radiant point in Perseus. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky…just pick the darkest part
- Watch from midnight to dawn