Best falling star watching …. EVER!
The Perseid meteor shower occurs every August, showing off the brightest and most numerous meteors of all metor events.
The Perseid shower is named for the constellation Perseus, which is its radiant (where it originates). A radiant is the point of origin of the meteor shower, so the Perseid meteors will appear to be traveling away from the constellation Perseus in the night sky. Locating Perseus might therefore help you to see as many meteors as possible.
The Swift-Tuttle comet (discovered in 1862) passes through the inner Solar System, where Earth is located, only once every 133 years. Each August, Earth encounters the trail of debris left behind by Swift-Tuttle, and we are treated to one of the best meteor showers of the year, it’s origin from the Perseid Constellation. (Next time the actual comet orbits past Earth is August 5, 2126)
Meteors can occur at any time on any night and appear in any part of the sky, best seen on a dark, moonless night – but whenever Earth encounters a stream of gritty debris left in space by a passing comet, the result is a meteor shower, such as The Perseids August 12-13, delivering at least one meteor per minute. With only 3 days since the New Moon on the 11th, the sky should be relatively dark … perfect for stargazing and the BEST falling star watching EVER!