Perseid Meteor Shower 2015: July 17 When, Where to Watch in US

July and August could be the best months for stargazers as the Perseid meteor shower will once again grace the night skies from July 13 to August 26 this year.

The Bay Nature called the Perseid meteor shower “the best known and most dramatic of the eight major annual showers.”

Earthsky advised the best time for viewing is after midnight, when the meteors will pick up steam, until before dawn.

The 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower will have its peak in the early morning hours of August 12 and 13, according to the Patch.

NASA estimates Perseids will produce up to 100 meteors per hour streaking at 37 miles per second at its peak.

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower will also appear brightest this year unlike in 2014 when the Perseid meteor shower has a “Super Moon” as competition, according to Sofia Globe.

NASA said there will be no moonlight to upstage the peak of this year’s shower.

The moon will be in its new phase on August 14, which means it will be almost invisible at that time.

NASA advised that to best view the meteor shower, drive far away from urban light pollution as possible and find a location with a clear, unclouded view of the night sky. You don’t need to bring any equipment to enjoy the night show. The Perseid meteor shower is basically visible in the skies over the northern hemisphere.

NASA said the Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains that last for few moments after the meteor has already gone.

The shower’s name derives from the constellation Perseus, a constellation resembles a pattern of stars that looks like the letter “K,” the space agency said.

NASA added Perseids have been observed for at least two millennia.

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