A great excuse to get out of town so the night lights don’t interfere with viewing the sky.
This week, the Perseids meteor shower, named for the constellation Perseus, can be seen in the sky. This is the brightest starfall of the summer. It is active from July 17 to August 24, but usually peaks on August 12. If the weather is good, up to 110 meteors per hour can be seen.
You can observe the Perseid shower only once a year in August. It is formed by the Earth passing through a plume of dust particles released by the Swift-Tuttle comet.
The Perseids promise to be the best stargazing event of the year. The moon is going through a new moon phase at this time and will not interfere with meteor sightings. Under favorable weather conditions, you can see up to 110 meteors per hour, or one or two meteors per minute.
It will be possible to see the starfall with the naked eye. It is better to do it away from city lights, which may prevent a view of the night sky. Also, high cloudiness can be an obstacle, so it is recommended to read the weather forecast in advance.