The annual Perseids Meteor Shower, which runs from July 17 to August 24, is typically one of the best of the year, and can produce anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors an hour at its peak. The meteors, which are mostly the size of raisons, are historically bright and produce great streaks through the sky. This year’s shower peak will be even more visible because a thin crescent moon should make for dark skies.
The Perseids are produced by the comet, Swift-Tuttle, which was independently discovered by Lewis Swift on July 16, 1862 and by Horace Parnell Tuttle on July 19, 1862. The meteors fall between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but just look up and you should be able to see them from anywhere in the sky.
Peak – August 12-13, 2018