Coinciding with the waning moon, the Perseid meteor shower is at its peak over the next few days of August, 11, 12, and 13. So viewing should be spectacular if the weather cooperates.
It’s one of the most active and brightest meteor showers of the year. And it’s safe to expect to see dozens of meteors per hour. Watching is an annual event at our house.
To have the best experience, make sure to find a place to watch that’s out in the open with a broad view of the sky and with as little light pollution as possible.
While you can see meteors streaking across the sky anytime after dark, you’ll see the most meteors (really, almost nonstop) between 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. That’s because this is the time when Earth is rotating into the debris stream from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which is responsible for the Perseid meteor shower.