7/09/2018

How to Watch the Perseids Meteor Showers This Season


We are approaching the best time of the year for meteor showers, so grab a blanket, some brewskies, and this handy guide to actually finding them.

It’s just the beginning of meteor shower season, and according to NASA, the Perseids peak in mid-August. But the festivities begin in mid-July. The Perseids are popular because they mostly occur during our warmest season, which makes the prospect of sitting outside to see them immensely appealing. They often have long streaky tails, and can rain down in numbers of 50-100 an hour. The Perseids also feature “fireballs,” which are meteors of bright color and longer streaks that sometimes have “magnitudes greater than -3.” That’s big.

When You Can See It

NASA says the showering will begin July 14 and continue through August 24. Their meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the best nights will be August 11-12 and August 12-13, leaning more towards the later....more