Perseid Meteor Shower This Week
Each year the Perseid Meteor Shower takes place in the summer months of July and August with the best week being this week for this year. Peak viewing is August 9-14, 2015. During peak nights for viewing this week there will be no moon so the night skies will be nice and dark making for excellent viewing opportunities. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best and brightest meteor showers. You can expect to see 60 to 100 meteors per hour at its peak if conditions are just right.Look toward the north-east and look high in the sky right over your head to see the shooting stars.
The best times for seeing the most meteors are after midnight on until about 4:00am. Place a lawn chair or recliner in the backyard, or lay down on a blanket and gaze up into the night sky and enjoy the show. If you have too much light in your area try to go to a location that have little or no light from houses or light poles. The darker the location the better the viewing will be.
The meteors will streak across the sky in many different directions but they come out of the constellation Perseus. If you don’t know where Perseus is located in the night sky, that’s alright. Just look high in the sky over your head and you will see the meteors. You do not need a telescope or even binoculars. The Perseid meteor shower can be viewed with just the naked eye. Make sure you give your eyes plenty of time to adjust to the darkness then lay back and watch the show!