The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak in the early morning hours of August 11, 12, and 13. With just a crescent moon in the sky, this year’s event will be particularly spectacular.
The best time to see the Perseids, which appear as small, rapid streaks of light, is from midnight local time until dawn on the aforementioned peak days.
According to NASA, if you are away from light pollution, you may be able to spot more than 40 Perseids per hour. City dwellers will still be able to spot a few meteors per hour.
For the best view of the Perseids, NASA advises finding a comfortable spot and avoiding bright lights, even your phone, for half an hour to give your eyes time to adjust to the dark.
As EarthSky notes, all good things come to those who wait. Meteors will appear in gusts, which will be interspersed with lulls. Patience is the key to seeing the Perseids
The Perseids are fragments of comet Swift-Tuttle. Each year, the Earth passes close to the orbital path of the comet and the debris it leaves appears in the sky as meteors.
Meteors are so named because they appear to originate from the constellation Perseus.
The 2021 Perseid meteor shower could be the best opportunity to observe the summer sky for years to come – the 2022 and 2023 Perseids will be obscured by bright moons.
If you can’t see the Perseids where you live, NASA will be streaming the meteor shower live on social media from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. CDT on peak days.
Now look up and enjoy the show.