Perseid meteor shower in 2017 will peak between August 9th and 13th.
The 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 100 meteors in an hour. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseids can be seen between the northeast part of the sky and the zenith (the point in the 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.
|Perseids meteor shower for Mission Viejo (Night between August 11 and August 12)|
|Fri 9:00 pm||18°||6.4°|
|Fri 10:00 pm||25°||10.9°|
|Fri 11:00 pm||30°||16.7°|
|Sat 12:00 midnight||35°||23.4°|
|Sat 1:00 am||38°||30.8°|
|Sat 2:00 am||39°||38.6°|
|Sat 3:00 am||39°||46.5°|
|Sat 4:00 am||35°||54.1°|
|Sat 5:00 am||27°||60.6°|
Due to a waxing gibbous Moon, it may be harder for observers to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, but the best time to view the meteor shower is right before dawn. Be sure to not use flash lights or look at your phone for a few minutes to let your eyes adjust to the night’s 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 2017 Meteor Shower Calendar visit the International Meteor Organization