To best see the Perseids, go to the darkest possible location and lean back to observe as much sky as possible directly above you. Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 16 miles (26 kilometers) wide. In general, a good strategy is to head out to look for the Perseids as late in the evening as possible, but it's worth seeing whatever you can whenever you can. >> Next: The Best Bubble Dome Hotels Around the World, States Implement New COVID Restrictions Ahead of Thanksgiving, Sign up for the Daily Wander newsletter for expert travel inspiration and tips, AFAR’s Gift Guide for Shopping Small Businesses, The Ultimate Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals in 2020, How to Earn Travel Rewards While Holiday Shopping, How a Coronavirus Vaccine Will Affect Your Future Travel Plans. Some 2019 Perseids, as seen from Macedonia. Often the best meteor shower of the year, the Perseids produce rates of up to 100 meteors per hour. Last year, a bright, full moon made things a little bit tricky for skywatchers looking to get a glimpse of the Perseids. When to see the Perseids The peak of the Perseid meteor shower occurs overnight from August 11 to 12. Sarah Lewin, Is it better to use a telescope or binoculars to observe space? However, Earth has actually been passing through the Comet Swift-Tuttle’s dust cloud since July 17 and will continue to do so until August 26. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Following the Perseids, the next meteor shower won't be until October, when the Orionids light up the sky. Space is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best summertime treats. However, NASA recommends giving yourself about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, so you’ll want to stay warm and have something comfortable to sit on while you acclimate. Abstract: Additional visual observational data from the Canadian meteor observer, Pierre Martin, brought more evidence for a secondary peak at solar longitude 141° in the ZHR profile of the Perseid meteor shower. You can see the Perseid meteor shower best in the Northern Hemisphere and down to the mid-southern latitudes, and all you need to catch the show is darkness, somewhere comfortable to sit and a bit of patience. Please refresh the page and try again. The Perseids are technically past their peak, but may be easier to see now with the moon going dark. For the best views, you’ll want to be somewhere with. The moon is expected to be 23 percent full that night, and you can expect between 10 to 20 meteors per hour. This NASA sky map shows where to look to spot the Perseid meteor shower of 2020, which peaks before dawn on Aug. 12, 2020. But the best meteor shower to watch each year in the Northern Hemisphere? Millions ignore travel warning as COVID-19 cases surge, Fire threat could mean Thanksgiving power cut for thousands in SoCal, Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Supreme Court bars COVID limits on church, synagogue attendance, "We're at war with a virus, not with each other," Biden says, Denver mayor travels for holiday after urging others to stay home, Doctor recreates what COVID-19 patients may see before they die, How to shop at Black-owned businesses over the holidays, Biden is 1st candidate in U.S. history to surpass 80 million votes, Joe Biden reminds Americans "we're at war with a virus, not with each other", Trump phones in false claims at Pennsylvania Senate committee hearing, Biden is first candidate in U.S. history to surpass 80 million votes, Trump will share presidential intelligence briefing with Biden, Black voters concerned about Trump campaign's efforts to overturn election, Biden says his team is already talking with the Trump administration, Pennsylvania certifies election results, confirming Biden victory, Biden introduces members of national security, foreign policy teams.