Perseid Meteor Shower

Count Meteors on the night of August 12 and 13

The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower will be happening on August 12 and 13 this year and what a great time to view the skies.

To enjoy these streaks of light in the night sky, you won’t need any binoculars or telescopes, though perhaps a lounge chair might come in handy.

The accessibility of this sky show makes it the ideal event for young and old to go out to observe and share their celestial experience. 

Credit: Bettymaya Foott, IDA

If you are viewing from outside a city centre, you should be able to see as much as 60 to 100 meteors per hour! Ranging from light, short streaks too long, and sometimes noisy, fireballs, this show is always a crowd pleaser usually creating many smiling faces.

This year viewing conditions should be optimal with the moon setting around midnight, leaving behind ideally dark skies during the peak hours before dawn on August 13. 

AWB is also asking you to share your meteor counts with us.  How many shooting stars will you see?

Let us know each day by using our poll counters on this page below and also find out how your counts compare to others. 

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Use these great AWB resources

Interactive Orbital View of Perseid Meteor Stream

Celestron Tip Sheet

Check out our partner and AWB sponsor Celestron and their Geminid Meteor Shower Viewer Guide.

Map of the meteor shower in your area

Customized to your town or city,  timeanddate is a wonderful resource that can show you the best time and place in the sky to look in the sky to count meteors!
Check out the interactive Perseid Meteor map for your area!

How to get the best out of the Perseid Meteor Shower show?

Make sure you have an unobstructed view of your overhead skies.

Turn off all lighting that can brighten your skies such as patio lights.

You don't need anything except your eyes. Pull up a chair and enjoy the show!

How many Perseid meteors did you see in your area? Take our poll and come back on the week of August 15 to find out the final results.

December 13 Count

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