Perseid Meteor Shower fans: This is the year to catch a falling star! But beware: The peak occurs on a different day that you are probably used to.
The shower will peak on the night of August 11 and 12, around midnight (yes, this is a night or two earlier than usual, thanks to Leap Year, I suppose). Look to the northeastern part of the sky. Try to find somewhere away from city lights; for suggestions on the absolute best places in the Western Hemisphere to view the Perseids, check my picks.
What makes this year’s show better than others? Almost no moon. Just a waning quarter, after midnight.
Up to 80 meteors an hour are expected from this year’s edition of the popular annual meteor show.
The night of August 12/13 will also be a great night for the sky show. But you can also see the some Perseid meteors every night from July 23 to August 22.
The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, because the meteors seem to come from that area of the sky.
July 1, 2012