The famed Perseid meteor shower will peak between the nights of August 10 through the 13th. It 's possible the highest activity will be on the night of August 12 through the early morning of August 13

This year the Moon's light will not interfere with observing. If you can get away from light pollution, your skies will be very dark, making for a great display of meteors!

To observe this shower, get to a dark spot, get comfortable, and bring blankets to stay warm, and let your eyes adjust to the dark sky. A cozy lounge chair makes for a great seat, as does simply lying on your back on a blanket, eyes scanning the whole sky.  You may want to pack some bug spray for this potentially warm summer nights!
 
The meteors will seem to fly out, or radiate, from an area in the sky in between Cassiopeia and Perseus, towards the North/Northeast (see illustration). These meteors originate from the dusty tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle as the Earth crosses its old orbital path.

Find out more Perseid observing tips for this year courtesy EarthSky and on JPL's What's Up for August 2018 stargazing video. The Night Sky Network has a handout that you may find useful for your meteor watching party: Heads Up: It's a Meteor Shower Handout!
 

Radiant of the Perseids
Radiant of the Persieds, courtesy EarthSky

Date: Sunday, 8/12/2018 - Monday, 8/13/2018

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