The Perseid meteor shower happens each year as the Earth passes through a stream of ancient bits of dust and ice left in the wake of comet Swift-Tuttle.
By Rena Kurlander
The Perseid meteor shower will peak late evening of Saturday, August 12 and early morning of Sunday, August 13.
“Get to a safe dark place with as wide a view as possible of the sky, especially the northeast,” according to a report from Stanford University.
Best times to view
- 10:00 pm:
The best of the show starts after 10 pm in the evening.
- 3:00 am:
30 to 40 meteors per hour expected.
- Perseid meteoroids are fast.
- Large meteors may splatter, causing a fireball, and sometimes an explosion.
- The Perseids are usually best viewed in the predawn hours.
- Comet Swift-Tuttle, whose residue causes this shower, was last seen in 1992.
- Swift-Tuttle is due back in 2126.
Seeing it live
The San Gabriel Mountains area is a good start. Here are some suggestions:
- Mount Wilson Observatory area.
- Top of Mt. Lowe.
- Top of Mt. Baldy.
- Griffith Park area.
- Stunt Road or Piuma Cyn.
- Agua Dulce/Vasquez Rocks area off the 14 near Santa Clarita.
- Mt. Pinos.
- Jumbo Rocks at Joshua Tree.
Try to go with people you live with, be careful and safe in the wilderness, and practice social distancing.
You can always opt for a live digital view:
- You can watch on Space.com.
- The Perseids are one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers.
- The Perseids received their name because they appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus.
- A double sized Perseid outburst is predicted this year.
Rena Kurlander is a resident in the San Gabriel Valley.
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