Clear Skies Tonight; Meteor Watcher’s Delight
Photo of the Perseid Meteor Shower is from Night Sky Watcher David Kingham was taken in Wyoming on August 12, 2012. This year spectators can expect to see just 10-15 Perseids per hour or maybe slightly more on the peak, which is the night of Aug. 12-13, (tonight) according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. Years without moonlight can see much higher rates, and in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. To best see the Perseids, go to the darkest possible location and lean back to observe as much sky as possible directly above you. The rates of Perseids visible will increase from about 10 p.m. local time, all the way through dawn, so the later you can look the better. Earlier in the night there will be fewer meteors, but the ones that appear will have longer tails as they graze along more of the atmosphere.