The Perseids meteor shower is widely considered the best meteor shower of the year. This is because they are highly visible in the northern hemisphere during the warm late summer month of August. In 2019, the Perseids shower will occur from July 23rd to August 30th; the night of peak activity is expected to be August 13th.
The Perseids are caused by the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. This comet produces a wide stream of debris which the earth passes through throughout the meteor shower. On the night of the greatest activity, you can see up to 80 meteors per hour! To see the Perseids, look for the constellation Perseus sitting just under the easy-to-spot “W” of Cassiopeia in the northeastern sky. That is the radiant point of the Perseids shower, though you can see meteors in all directions of the sky radiating from that region.
Watch it at the Dark Sky Preserve
The Dark Sky Preserve at Port Crescent State Park is the perfect place to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower which is to take place Tuesday, July 23rd through Friday, August 30th with the peak being on Tuesday, August 13th.
For more information about the Dark Sky Preserve at Port Crescent State Park, click here.