One of my favorite things about this time of year is the arrival of the Perseids. A couple of years ago, this meteor shower was accompanied by an alignment of Venus and Jupiter. This year, a super moon will provide the backdrop. Because the earth and moon will be at their closest, the moon will be 30% brighter than normal. This may make the meteors a little harder to spot, but I will still be looking! After all, if I don’t catch a few falling stars, I’ll still get to see a super moon. Who’s with me?
No telescope is needed; just find a nice, safe spot away from the city lights, spray on some bug repellent, break out that blanket or lawn chair, kick back and enjoy! While the shower’s peak is supposed to occur just before dawn on the 11th, 12th and 13th, I might try looking as the night falls, when the moon is still low in the sky. Look to the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.
Not sure you want to stay up until the wee hours of the morning? Check out this time-lapse video of the Perseids filmed in Joshua Tree National Park in 2010.