Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks
August 11 @ 11:00 pm - August 13 @ 4:00 am
One event on May 5, 2021 at 11:00 pm
Warm summer temperatures and a sliver, waxing moon can make for excellent stargazing conditions during the famous Perseid shower. The Perseids are long explosions of light and color caused by larger-than-average pieces of cometary material. Each year, the Earth passes through a comet’s dusty debris trail it leaves behind as it swings around the sun. As these pieces of debris interact with Earth’s atmosphere, they burn bright and create fiery streaks in the night sky.
Viewers in dark sky areas could see as many as 83 meteors per hour on the peak night of August 11 to the 13th, per the Griffith Observatory. The shower runs annually from July 14 to August 24 so anyone who looks up after midnight in those weeks stands a fighting chance of seeing a meteor streak through the sky. Find the constellation Perseus: the meteors will appear to emanate from that spot.