Note: The 2014 Perseids are over now. I've merged this thread from an earlier year with the current one because there are some interesting posts in it. Watch out for the 2015 Perseids in August!
Some of you saw the Perseids last year. They're back soon. Predictions for the peak are always uncertain, but are expected to peak between August 11-14. But it's worth looking on the days near this date too. Between midnight and the hours before dawn give the best viewing.
Meteorwatch 2012 made a video like a trailer for an adventure film for the Geminids 2012. (The Geminids are another popular meteor shower - they're in December.) It's very well done and quite imaginative. Have a look.
The Perseids can have some exceptional years. Last year we traveled for them, maybe saw two. Some years we have seen hundreds in an hour's time. I've got to see them during two different peaks, (over a 35-year span) one was in the dark moonless skies of Kansas in the early morning hours. It was beautiful! The Leonid meteor shower in November can also be pretty spectacular.
Avatar: HOHENZOLLERNBRUECKE Cologne with CATHEDRAL and LUDWIG MUSEUM. The Bridge a symbol of how Germany was rebuilt after WWII, it was left in ruins, the Cathedral with roots in the 13th century represents the country's history, Museum of Modern Art the present day.
It's nearly time for (usually) one of the year's best meteor showers and you don't have to freeze to watch it. I've removed outdated information from earlier years and will be adding information and links as the time gets nearer.
Last edited by Mona - Astronomy; 08/04/1310:09 AM.
If your sky is covered in clouds - like mine is every year for the Perseids! - you can hear the meteors on Space Weather Radio. (It's not as much fun as seeing them, of course.) It monitors signals from USAF Space Surveillance Radar and each one makes a distinctive echo-y ping.