Every August, the annual Perseid meteor shower circles around, and this year it peaks on the 11th and 12th! To watch the meteor shower, find an unblocked view of the sky after dark, preferrably before the moon is fully risen–around 11pm is a good time to aim for. The meteor shower is concentrated around the constellation Perseus, but the Perseids are one of the strongest meteor showers, with over 100 meteors per hour visible, so you will probably see some activity no matter where you look.

If 11 o’clock at night is a bit past your bedtime, never fear–you can just check out a space-themed book! Impact by Douglas Preston, Dark Skies: a practical guide to astrotourism by Valerie Stimac, and Star in the Jar by Sam Hay are a few great options if you can’t catch the Perseids this year.

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