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Perseid meteor shower in 2016 will peak between August 12th and 13th.

Perseid Meteor Shower in 2016The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus and are made of space debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids can be found in the north-eastern part of the sky. It is usually the most sought after meteor shower to watch because at its peak, one can see 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour. In the Northern Hemisphere the Perseids can be seen between the north-east part of the sky and the zenith (the point in sky directly above you). You can easily see a shooting star with the naked eye so there will be no need for binoculars or a telescope just look straight up.

 

Below shows the exact directions of the Perseids from Orange County Ca, for other locations in the Northern Hemisphere remember to look towards the north-east.

Perseid Meteor Shower in 2016
Time Azimuth/Direction Altitude
Sun 9:00 PM 17° 5.9°
Sun 10:00 PM 24° 10.3°
Sun 11:00 PM 30° 15.9°
Midnight Sun-Mon 34° 22.5°
Mon 1:00 AM 38° 29.8°
Mon 2:00 AM 39° 37.6°
Mon 3:00 AM 39° 45.6°
Mon 4:00 AM 36° 53.2°
Mon 5:00 AM 28° 59.9°

Due to a waxing gibbous Moon it may be harder for observers to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in 2016, but the best time to view the meteor shower is right before dawn. Be sure to no use flash lights or look at your phone for a few minutes to let your eyes adjust to the nights sky. To find a good location to view this event in Orange County California be sure to check out OC Star Spots on our website and Android App.

For a full 2016 Meteor Shower Calendar visit the International Meteor Organization

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