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How to see the 2018 Perseid meteor shower

Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 10:37:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Perseid meteor shower peaks Aug. 11 through Aug. 13 and there are a few things you need to know to get the best viewing experience.

  • This year's meteor shower falls when the moon is in the "New Moon Phase" so the peak’s nights will be moonless. Yay for optimal viewing!
  • The best time to see meteors will be shortly after sunset, into the early-morning hours, especially on the evening of Aug. 11 and early-morning hours of Aug. 12.
  • About 60 to 70 meteors per hour will be possible.
  • No equipment will be needed to view the meteor shower. All you have to do is look up.
  • The Perseid meteors are believed to radiate from the constellation Perseus, which is visible during this time of the year. Look to the north and northeast on the evening of Aug. 12 through Aug. 13 to find the constellation.
  • The weather, of course, could be a damper so be sure to check the local forecast before heading out to view. Also keep away from city lights as this will make it harder to enjoy the meteor shower.
  • You can view meteors up until Aug. 24 but keep in mind the farther it is from the peak time (Aug. 11-13), the less you will be able to see.
  • Have fun and enjoy — it only comes around once a year!