Best METEOR SHOWER of the year PEAKS TONIGHT in Iowa!
The Perseids are often one of the strongest and brightest meteor showers, and unlike last year’s peak display, the bright moon won’t be in our way. Our satellite is just a few days past its new phase, so the sky will be perfect for ‘shooting stars.’
Even better --- the forecast calls for ‘Mostly Clear’ skies tonight.
The 2021 Perseid meteor shower will most likely produce the greatest number of meteors on the late night/mornings of August 11, 12, and 13. How many can you see? Perhaps up to 60 or more per hour. Sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to see over 100 /hour.
Another bonus for this annual display is that no special equipment is needed, other than a wide-open and dark area, away from city lights. It’s best to bring a blanket and lay down to get a wider view of the sky.
If you’re lucky enough to be watching at just the right time, you could see an earthgrazer; a long, slow, sometimes colorful meteor traveling horizontally across the sky. If you do happen to see one, they’ll appear before midnight, when the radiant point of the shower is close to the horizon.
Perseid meteors usually start streaking the sky around mid-July and always peak during the second week of August.