Annual Meteor Showers & Vieiwing Info for the Perseids
Over the course of the year, you can catch various meteor showers; the most famous occurring in August and known as the Perseids. You don’t have to wait until summer to catch meteor showers, according to NASA, other meteor showers occur during the times listed below, although there are showers occurring in other months as well. Here are the dates for 2013:
- January 2-3: Quadrantids
- April 21-22: April Lyrids
- May 4-5: Eta Aquarids
- July 27-28 - Delta Aquarids
- August 11-12 - Perseids
- October 7-8 - Draconids
- October 21-22 - Orionids
- November 4-5 - Taurids
- November 16-17 - Leonids
- December 13-14 - Geminids
The best meteor shower is often the Perseids occurring in August.
It is possible during peak periods to see several meteors a minute. These meteors are thought to be the trail of the comet Swift-Tuttle, while the Germinids are thought to come from an extinct comet named 3200 Phaethon.
The best viewing time to see the Perseids is just before dawn on either August 11 and 12, because the Earth orbits the Sun dawn side first. Also, looking lower in the sky will give you the best views, as the Perseids tend to appear low on the horizon. Meteors spotted near the horizon are more colourful and are in view for longer; Astronomers call these meteors, “Earthgrazers".