It’s the summer’s ultimate shower, and you won’t need an umbrella to take it in. Get to bed early and set an alarm for just before dawn Aug. 12-13 to view the Perseid Meteor Shower at its best.
If you’ve never seen the Perseid Meteor Shower, named for the constellation Perseus, 2015 is the perfect year to experience it for the first time. The waning crescent moon will rise just before daybreak, ensuring dark skies ideal for viewing the shower.
The summer classic comes courtesy of space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which crash into Earth’s upper atmosphere at 130,000 miles an hour and illuminate the night sky with fast-moving Perseid meteors. The shower has been going on since mid-July, when Earth crossed orbital paths of Comet Swift-Tuttle, but Aug. 12-13 are the productions to get up for.
So rise before the sun to see 50 or more meteors an hour from northerly latitudes. Though the Northern Hemisphere gets the most brilliant show, those vacationing south of the equator can expect to catch a glimpse of about 10-15 meteors per hour.