Aug. 13, 2019

On the evening of August 12th and early on August 13th, the Perseid meteor shower reached its peak, with streaks of light zooming across the skies up to once every minute or so.


  • The Perseids are one of the brighter meteor showers of the year. They occur every year between July 17 and August 24 and tend to peak around August 9-13. 

  • Made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus. This is because the direction, or radiant, from which the shower seems to come in the sky lies in the same direction as Perseus. 

  • The Perseids are widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers because most years at its peak, one can see 60 to 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place. 

  • They are visible in the Northern Hemisphere and can be viewed in skies all across.