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A view of a meteor shower and the Milky Way, with pine tree silhouettes in the foreground.



This blog is for all the science/space lovers out there. But even if you’re not all about astronomy, the annual Perseid meteor shower is still a super cool event to see. We’re sharing all there is to know for the best view in the house.

What Is It?

The Perseid meteor shower is basically dust, ice, and rock debris left in space by its parent comet Swift-Tuttle. While this 16-mile wide comet itself only passes close to Earth every 133 years, we can still catch a glimpse of its remnants during the Perseid meteor shower that lights up the sky above Earth each summer.

When Is It Happening?

In 2021, the most significant activity of the shower will happen in the early mornings of Aug. 11, 12, and 13, from about midnight until dawn.

What’s the Best Way to See It?

For those of us who live in major cities, it can be slightly more difficult to view the shower due to light pollution. We recommend taking a drive just outside the city or out to a local natural area for the best view. With the moon in a waxing crescent phase, it’ll be much easier to get a great view. In some of these darker spots, you’ll have a chance to see up to 60 meteors per hour! And if you really want to get technical with the best vantage points, check out this stargazing map.

A Few Extra Tips

You probably won’t get much of a view by popping out onto your patio or just glancing up into the sky, so make it fun and make it an actual event! Identify a good viewing spot within minimal light pollution. Pack a blanket to relax on or bring a few folding chairs and some snacks, and get comfy. It can take upwards of 20 minutes for your eyesight to adjust to being in the dark and to see the night sky. Also keep in mind that meteor showers are a natural occurrence, so be patient, relax a bit, and don’t rush it.

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