What you need to know for the Perseid meteor shower

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Do you like stargazing?

Occasionally catching a “shooting star” is probably one of the most exciting parts of looking up at the night sky. Lucky for you, the upcoming evenings will be mostly clear! That means there is a chance for you to get out there and catch a glimpse.

What am I talking about here?

The Perseids meteor shower takes place in mid-August. Guess what, that’s NOW. Typically peak activity takes place around August 11 through August 13. The ideal radiant point lies in the constellation Perseus, in case you were wondering.

Now for the important stuff—

What is so exciting about this meteor shower?

You could potentially see 50 meteors in an hour. If you are lucky during the true peak on August 12, you could spot up to 100 per hour. Keep in mind you’ll need to find a decent location. One without light pollution!

When can I see the Perseids?

This year the Perseids will peak on the night of August 12 during the late night hours and into the early morning hours on August 13. Unfortunately, there will be a Waning Gibbous Moon. It will be bright and may hinder a decent view of the meteor shower.

Where can I see the Perseids?

This specific meteor shower can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. You want to make sure you are looking between the radiant, this is the northeast part of the sky, and the zenith. The zenith is the point of the sky that is directly above you.