Perseid Meteor Shower 2020: Dates, best time to view and more

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
2020's 'best' meteor shower lights up night sky next week
In 2020, the Perseids peak on the night of Aug. 11-12, boasting up to 75 meteors per hour.

One of the most popular meteor showers will soon unleash shooting stars across the night sky!

The Perseids peak on the night of Aug. 11-12, boasting up to 75 meteors per hour. Here's what you need to know:

What are the Perseids?

The Perseids are dust and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, AccuWeather explains.

"Perseids are not only numerous, they are beautiful. Most of the meteors leave a glittering trail as they pass," AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said. "They are multi-colored and many are bright."

The meteor shower is widely considered the best of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures, according to NASA.

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When are the Perseids in 2020?

The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak overnight on Tuesday night.

The best time to view is between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday. That's the darkest time of the night before the moon rises.

For those with earlier bedtimes, a few shooting stars will be visible around 9 p.m. local time.

How do I watch the Perseids?

The Perseids can be seen with the naked eye. Meteors will be visible all over the sky, so don't worry about looking in a specific direction, according to NASA.

If weather conditions are not favorable in your area, NASA will stream the shower on Facebook live from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Here are a few of AccuWeather's tips for watching:

  • Check the latest forecast. If patchy clouds are expected, prepare to be patient and wait for breaks.
  • Find an area with low light pollution. If you live in a city, consider traveling to an area with less light.
  • Lie on your back and watch the whole sky.
  • Avoid looking at your phone and other light sources. Look for the darkest area of the sky. Keep the moon out of your line of sight as best you can.