“But the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature’s fireworks,” according to NASA.
What's up in the August sky? Look for the "shooting stars" of the annual Perseid meteor shower for some stargazing delights, but be warned — the bright Moon will overwhelm the fainter meteors during the show peak on August 12 & 13 this year. Watch & learn: https://t.co/y7vOMX6Kwcpic.twitter.com/34csrIeMSM
The sky show peaks each mid-August as the Earth passes through the debris trails of the comet Swift-Tuttle which passes near Earth every 133 years on its trip around the sun. Bright and fast, the Perseids are known for their so called “fireballs,’’ grain-size pieces of dust that spark and glow as they travel through the atmosphere at 37 miles per second.
NASA recommends that star gazers stay up late or wake up early Monday into Tuesday. Astronomers suggests that the best times to view the Perseids will be between 2 a.m. and dawn.
No special equipment (telescopes or binoculars) will be needed to watch the light show. Find a place where it’s dark and away from city lights, lean back and watch.
If you don’t want to stay up late or wake up early to watch the show, there will be a live broadcast from a camera in Huntsville, Alabama beginning 8 p.m. Monday on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. You can also watch videos of meteors recorded by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network each morning. Look for events labeled “PER” for Perseids.