The Perseid meteor shower for 2008 peaks in the morning hours of Tuesday, August 12th. The best views will be after 2.00am when the moon sets.
This is called the “Perseid” meteor shower because, from our view, the meteors seem to come from the area in the sky which includes the constellation Perseus. This constellation rises around 11.00pm and will be high in the northern skies all night.
If it’s a good shower, you might get to see sixty meteors an hour.
What you need to observe them:
Darkest skies possible. If you can, get as far away from the city (and any lights) as you are able.
Despite it being summer, it gets chilly late at night. Bring a jacket, blanket, etc.
Bug spray. Skeeters love to bite.
You can either bring a reclining lawn chair or lay on the ground, it’s your call.
(We always bring some tunes, plus snacks and drinks).
Bring a red-filtered flashlight. The red light won’t ruin your night vision like a white-light will. You want your pupils to be as dilated as possible to see as much of the sky as you can.