August 9-13 is the peak night to watch the Perseid meteor shower! (It will continue until the 13th, but Wednesday is really “the night”!). The moon will be out every day until morning– but our prospects for clear weather are good, so we should be getting a very clear view, too, according to the ClearSkyChart.
You can best view the Perseids by looking towards the Persues constellation, at a direction of Northeast around the time of midnight.
Maximum meteors: around 100-200 meteors per hour.
Velocity 35 miles/sec
When: As usual: The best time to see ANY meteor shower is the hour or two before dawn. Try between midnight-2am for some great results without losing *too* much sleep! You may also be able to catch some of these beforehand as spectacular “Earth Grazers”, beginning at about 9pm PST.
Where: If you can, get as high up as possible to sit above the light and air pollution to get the best sights. I personally prefer Top Of The World in Laguna Beach.
Editor’s note: If you snap a great picture of the meteor shower– please send it in!