Peak Viewing for Perseids Meteor Shower Is this Weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower Southampton Village Beach
Graphic: Oliver Peterson

Fireworks season may be over, but East Enders can still turn to the night sky for a jaw-dropping show this week.

The annual Perseids Meteor Shower is underway, and peak viewing time will occur just before dawn on Monday, August 12. The August shower is a local favorite for its consistent shooting stars and relatively warm late-night temps.

According to, North American viewers can expect to see up to 80 shooting stars per hour at the peak, which will occur just after 4 a.m. on Monday. If cloudy skies reign, the morning of August 13 will also offer optimal viewing.

This year’s show should be particularly vibrant, as the shower’s peak frequency will occur under a moon-free sky. The moon will set just after 10 p.m. on August 11.

Factoid to impress you friends while stargazing:

The Perseids gets its name because the meteor shower’s point of origin, or radiant, appears to lie in the Perseus constellation. In Greek mythology, Perseids is the word to describe sons of Perseus.

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