Shoot for the stars this summer and watch a spectacular light show in the night sky. A stunning meteor shower will appear in Southern U.S. skies soon, lasting over a month starting July 17, 2020, to August 26, 2020. The Perseids shower is sure to be a dazzling display — all you have to do is find a cozy spot outdoors and look up.
The Perseids shower puts on a sensational light show every year from mid-July to late August. This magical event will reach its peak, however, around August 9 to August 13, when the show will be most striking.
Meteors will begin to dot across the sky around 8 p.m., raining down from its radiant in the north, northeast near the Perseus constellation: where the shower gets its name. The star show can produce up to 150 meteors per hour for your viewing pleasure.
Find a spot secluded away from light pollution and the big city, and begin watching after midnight for the darkest atmosphere and best views.
You can see these comets with the naked eye, so there's no need for a telescope. Visibility for this heavenly happening is expected to be excellent, given that weather conditions are clear and cloud-free in your area.
The meteors appear as brief, sparkling streaks of light that twinkle across the heavens. There are hundreds of showers each year, several of them offering incredible celestial displays.
If you can't wait for July to get your stargazing fix, you can also spot the Lyrid meteor shower now through April 25, 2020. The new moon is darkening the sky to enchant the view, so take a peek tonight or tomorrow for these shooting stars.
Patience is key while you wait to see a meteor zoom across the sky. It takes about 15 to 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark to get the best views, so lay back and keep your eyes to the skies, looking towards the shower's radiant before peak viewing times.
You can even snack on some Starbursts and Cosmic Brownies as you lie back and study the stars.
Grab your coziest pillow and quilt and set up a spot on your deck to see some out-of-this-world sights. Get your wishes ready!
Perseids Meteor Shower
When: July 17 to August 26, peaks from August 9 to 13
Where: Visible from the Northern Hemisphere; look to the north, northeast as the shower rains down from the radiant next to the Perseus Constellation.
Why You Need To See It: This dreamy event will give you magical views as you lie beneath a night sky full of shooting stars.
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