Count Perseid Meteors

Count Meteors on the nights of August 11, 12 and 13th.

The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower will be happening on August 11, 12 and 13 this year and what a great time to view the skies.

To enjoy these streaks of light in the night sky, you won’t need any binoculars or telescopes, though perhaps a lounge chair might come in handy.

The accessibility of this sky show makes it the ideal event for young and old to go out to observe and share their celestial experience. 

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Credit: Bettymaya Foott, IDA

If you are viewing from outside a city centre, you should be able to see as much as 60 to 100 meteors per hour! Ranging from light, short streaks too long, and sometimes noisy, fireballs, this show is always a crowd pleaser usually creating many smiling faces.

This year viewing conditions should be optimal with the waxing crescent moon setting soon after total darkness falls mid-evening.

AWB is also asking you to share your meteor counts with us.  How many shooting stars will you see?

Let us know each day by using our poll counters on this page below and also find out how your counts compare to others. 





Use these great AWB resources


Celestron Tip Sheet


Check out our partner and AWB sponsor Celestron and their Perseid Meteor Shower Viewer Guide.

Map of the meteor shower in your area






Customized to your town or city,  timeanddate is a wonderful resource that can show you the best time and place in the sky to look in the sky to count meteors!
Check out the interactive Perseid Meteor map for your area!






How to get the best out of the Perseid Meteor show?




CLEAR SKIES
Make sure you have an unobstructed view of your overhead skies.


NO DIRECT LIGHTING
Turn off all lighting that can brighten your skies such as patio lights.
  


RELAX!
You don't need anything except your eyes. Pull up a chair and enjoy the show!


COUNT
How many Perseid meteors did you see in your area? Take our poll and come back on the week of August 15 to find out the final results.




August 11 Count


August 12 Count


August 13 Count