The annual cosmic light show event lasts from mid-July till the end of August, so you can keep making wishes on those “falling stars” for another two weeks. The peak is scheduled for the overnight hours of August 12 and 13.
“The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains,” reads the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) assessment, pointing to the Perseids as one of the best star showers of 2015 alongside December’s Geminids.
To enjoy the show to its fullest glory one first needs to be situated in the Northern Hemisphere. Second, in order to avoid “light noise,” the best option is to travel somewhere outside of the city, preferably to wilderness, where the sky will be ideally dark for watching the spectacular meteor show overhead. Finally, facing northeast will guarantee the ultimate experience, as Perseus is seen from the Earth in this cardinal direction this time of year.
The name of the star shower comes from the Perseus constellation, from whence the celestial show appears to radiate.