How To Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower 2021

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How to Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower

by Theresa Machemer/Smithsonianmag.com

July 14 marked the beginning of the Perseid meteor shower, widely considered the best meteor shower of the year, according to NASA.

Each summer, the Perseids grace the night sky with an incredible number of meteors—the bright streaks of light caused by bits of comet debris burning up in the high atmosphere. In 2021, the Perseids will reach their peak activity between August 11 and August 13. The best time to view the meteor shower will be in the hours between 2 a.m. and dawn.

At its most active, the meteor shower could have more than 100 visible meteors per hour, reports Josie Fischels for NPR. Combined with warm summer nights in the Northern Hemisphere, and the thin waxing crescent moon, stargazers can look forward to a fantastic show.

To have the best view of the meteor shower, find an area with minimal light pollution and settle in for the night. Your eyes will adjust to the darkness after a few minutes. Then, turn toward the constellation Perseus, which is where the meteors seem to shoot away from.

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