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Top tips for watching the Perseids in 2020

On the expected peak mornings of 2020’s Perseid meteor shower – August 11, 12 and 13 – a waning moon will be shining, too. Here’s how to minimize the moon and optimize the Perseids.

Perseids over Denmark

Perseid meteor shower 2019 over Scandinavia’s 1st dark sky park, the island of Møn in Denmark.

Moonless nights ahead for the Perseids

It’ll be a great year for the annual Perseid meteor shower. Don’t miss this preview by Guy Ottewell, which has the best charts you’ll find anywhere online.

See any Perseids?

Bright supermoon washed out all but the brightest meteors in this year’s Perseid meteor shower. But we do have some nice pics, thanks to you …

EarthSky 22: Planets, Perseids, and the waning crescent moon

The best time to see meteors and the planets Venus and Jupiter this week. Plus more science news, and – of course – music!

Is it possible to hear meteors?

Can you hear a meteor as it streaks overhead? Some people have reported hearing meteors with a sizzling sound like bacon frying. Scientists now say you can, and explain how it happens.

Favorite photos from 2020’s Perseid meteor shower

Have you caught any Perseid meteors? If so, share your photos with us! If your skies have been cloudy, enjoy these great meteor photos from EarthSky friends around the world.

Visualize the Perseid meteor stream in space

This visualization by Ian Webster and Peter Jenniskens uses NASA data to render known Perseid meteoroids in space. Don’t miss this!

Perseid meteors 2020: All you need to know

In 2020, the peak mornings for the Perseid meteor shower – August 11, 12 and 13 – will feature meteors under moonlight. Still, the Perseids are bright. We expect a good number to overcome the moonlight. Here’s how to optimize your chances.

Peak Perseid mornings: August 11, 12, 13

When is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in 2020? The greatest number of meteors is most likely to fall in the predawn hours on August 12, yet under the light of a wide waning crescent moon.

Venus adorns the eastern morning sky in August 2020.

In 2020, Venus and Perseid meteors!

In 2020, the peak of the Perseid meteor shower nearly coincides with Venus’ greatest elongation, or greatest apparent distance from the sun in our sky. Both will fall around the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.

Fist-Shaking Moon on August 2 and 3

On August 2 and 3, 2020, everyone around the world (except far-northern Arctic latitudes) will see a full-looking moon from dusk until dawn.

Go someplace dark and watch for meteors!

The Delta Aquariids are peaking. And the 2020 Perseid meteor shower gets rolling around now, too. Most importantly, find a dark sky!

Delta Aquariids 2020: All you need to know

Late July presents the nominal peak of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower, but this long and rambling shower is officially active from about July 12 to August 23 each year.

Comet Halley’s 2 meteor showers

The famous comet Halley spawns the Eta Aquariids – going on now – and the Orionids in October. Plus where the comet is now, parent bodies of other meteor showers … and Isaac Newton’s Vis-viva equation, his poetic rendition of instantaneous motion.

Amazing photo of a meteor streaking right in front of Venus

EarthSky’s 2020 meteor shower guide

All you need to know about major meteor showers in 2020.

Dark skies for 2020’s Quadrantid meteors

2020’s first major meteor shower is the Quadrantid shower. Best time to watch is probably late night January 3 until dawn January 4. Northerly latitudes are favored. No moon in the predawn hours (2 a.m. until dawn) this year!

10 amazing places for year-round stargazing

The stars are accessible to everyone, but where can you get the most from the night sky? Here are 10 great dark-sky places – mostly in the U.S. but also in Australia, New Zealand and Chile – for skywatching and stargazing.

Photos from 2019’s Perseid meteor shower

It’s a very special group of images of this year’s Perseid meteor shower, many taken in bright moonlight. Thanks to all who contributed photos!

Moon passes by the planets Jupiter and Saturn.

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn … Perseid meteors?

The Perseid meteor shower is rising to its peak, so there’s bound to be some fist-shaking this weekend at that bright moon. But the moon can also guide you to Jupiter and Saturn on August 9, 10 and 11, 2019.

Bright meteor next to a bright moon, caught with an automatic camera.

Top 10 tips for watching 2019’s Perseid meteors

The 2019 Perseid meteor shower will likely peak August 12-13, unfortunately under the light of a bright moon. But the shower is already rising to its peak. Tips here for getting the most from this year’s Perseid shower.

Delta Aquariid meteors peak around now

This meteor shower doesn’t have a definite peak, but is spread out over many weeks. With little to no moonlight before dawn now, late July and early August are a good time to watch.

Fireworks over Shanghai, China, with artificial meteors in the sky.

A plan to create artificial meteors

Everyone loves a good meteor shower, but what about an artificial one? A Japanese company plans to create one and has just launched hundreds of pellets to space. They’ll ultimately rain down again in colorful displays.

Ursid meteors peak around December solstice

We anticipate the Ursid meteor shower will peak in 2019 on the morning of December 22 or 23, with perhaps a little disturbance from the waning crescent moon.

Favorite Perseid meteor shower photos

2018 was an exceptional year for August’s tried and true Perseid meteor shower.

Partial solar eclipse on August 11

The August 11, 2018 partial solar eclipse happens will be seen in the Arctic, far-northeastern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, and much of Asia (north and east).

Sebastian Inlet

Sebastian Inlet is located in the Sebastian Inlet State Park in Brevard County and Indian River County, Florida.  A popular place for surfing, fishing, strolling along beaches and observing sea turtle nests, the park is open day and night, all days. There are two history museums (treasures and fishing), a campground for RVs and tent campers…read more »

See it! 2017’s Perseid meteor shower

Despite a bright moon, the brightest Perseids put on a good show. See photos from the EarthSky community here.

See it! Perseid meteor photos and videos

The Perseids are declining now, but 2016 brought a great meteor shower for many around the globe. See photos and videos here.

How high up do meteors start glowing?

Meteors begin to glow almost as soon as they hit Earth’s atmosphere, but tend to vaporize (burn up completely) at varying altitudes.

Earthquake swarms at Mount St. Helens

Earthquake rates have been steadily increasing since March at the Pacific Northwest volcano Mount St. Helens. The cause is probably new magma, rising upward.


Meteors over Mount Rainier, from last August’s Perseid meteor shower.

Great Perseid photos here

Have you seen Perseid meteors in your sky? If you have had cloudy skies – or even if not – enjoy these images from all around the world.

Perseid meteors versus the supermoon

Which is brighter – Perseid fireballs or a supermoon? You’ll find out as the year’s biggest, brightest full moon arrives as Perseid meteor shower starts to peak.

Perseid meteor shower kicks off! Fireballs detected this weekend

Earth has just entered the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseids. Now is the time to start watching for meteors.

Best photos 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Many images of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower, posted as meteor season 2014 begins!

Camelopardalids: Just a few centuries late in catching a good show

Remember the Camelopardalids, the meteor shower earlier this year astronomers said would be spectacular … except it wasn’t? Now, the same astronomers explain why.

Video: Perseid meteor explodes and leaves a vapor trail

A meteor during the recent Perseid meteor shower that exploded and then behind a vapor trail, captured on video by Michael Chung.

Gases left by Perseid meteors a boon to these astronomers

Enjoy this year’s Perseid meteor shower which peaks on the night of August 11-12; astronomers say they will, too!

Perseid fireballs are already arriving!

NASA says the annual Perseid meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other. Although the shower’s peak is still some days away, the fireballs are here!

This morning’s moon, July 31, 2013

The moon is now a waning crescent in the predawn sky, and that’s good news for those who want to watch the upcoming meteor showers.

Will you still see meteors tonight, December 14, 2012? Yes!

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower is past – but only barely. If you watch late tonight or in the wee hours tomorrow, you should still see some meteors.