When to watch the Perseid meteor shower during the August peak

James Marshall
August 10, 2020

NASA explains that this meteor shower is active each year from July 14 to August 24, but it will peak around next week in the early mornings of August 11, 12, and 13, which makes these dates the best time to catch a glimpse of these fireballs.

An annual event, it's one of the most-watched meteor showers of the year given that it's easily visible to the entire northern hemisphere in August.

The Perseids are expected to fall at a rate of about 50 meteors per hour, often very bright meteors, so even in competition with the Moon there likely will be something to see.

People have named the meteor shower Perseids as it seemed to appear from the Perseus constellation-but the truth is, they did not originate from that area, so you don't have to spot the constellation. With a comet nuclear 26 kilometres in diameter, Swift-Tuttle is the largest object in the solar system that repeatedly passes close to Earth, which it does once every 133 years.

Having grown up down the country, I was privy to clear skies that were ideal for stargazing and so I'm definitely partial to a good meteor shower.

When is the shower set to peak? If you don't fancy staying up that late on a weeknight, the stargazing conditions are also pretty good a few days either side of the peak.

With the Delta Aquariids meteor shower also rumbling in the background, this year's meteor shower could be something really spectacular - as long as the Dutch weather plays ball.

Once in full flow, the spectacular display could produce up to 100 "shooting stars" an hour.

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