The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most easily observed sky shows that occurs each year. Of course, you need a sky with few clouds in it to get a perfect sight.
In our 2018 viewing forecast, some scattered clouds may get in your way, at times, of viewing the peak moments of this year’s Perseid show when they occur during the early morning of Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13. (Note: Some meteors may be visible a few mornings prior to and after these dates.)
The best times to try to get a glimpse of the meteors in the sky will be from midnight to dawn and you want to be away from city lights, if possible. Luckily this year, there will not be much moonlight, which will help in viewing the meteors.
Your viewing tips are simply to look up in the sky, let your eyes adjust to the darkness, and be patient. You don’t have to look in any certain direction, the movement of the meteors will catch your eye when they cross the sky.
The Perseids are visible about this same time each year as our planet moves through the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.