Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks August 12th

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What or who was Perseus? A great hero of old Greek mythology who is known to have slain the Gorgon Medusa. The constellation Perseus can be seen in the northern hemisphere. The constellation contains a unique star named Algol (the Demon Star) that is best known as being the first “variable star” discovered. Algol is considered a variable star because it changes in brightness about every three days. Perseus is the radiant of the Perseids Meteor Shower, this is where meteors will appear to originate from. If you want to see this event you can venture out early in the morning of August 12 in Eastern Standard Time Zones and look toward the darkest part of the sky in the east/northeast. Perseid Meteors will streak across the sky at an extremely high rate this year. Have fun and keep your head up.

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8 thoughts on “Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks August 12th

  1. During the early morning hours of Saturday August 1 I was hanging out with some friends by the North Branch of the Chicago River, around 3:30 am I was facing east when the sky lit up with a silvery purple streak. It last for about a second and it was gone. About an hour later we were still in the same spot when it happened again but this time almost everyone noticed it. The second streak of light was brighter and was the most beautiful lavender color before it turned bright white and was accompanied by a loud fizzling noise, like a bottle rocket. Mind you, I saw this while I was in the middle of the city. I have gone out of the city to see the August Perseids Meteor shower and this was nothing like that. These two meteors, if that’s what they were, were the brightest, biggest and most amazing things I have ever seen. Did anyone else catch this in the predawn hours of August 1st? Does anyone know if what I am describing is in fact a meteor or is it something else? Thanks! I’m awestruck and would like to know what was going on in the sky that night.

  2. Maria,

    Sounds like you saw a Perseids fireball. Sounds awesome!

    Thanks for your comment.

    – Meteor Mark

  3. Thanks for the confirmation Mark! It was truly amazing and I will remember it for the rest of my life! I’m still shocked we got such a spectacular display right in the middle of Chicago, one in a billion chance that I saw two in an hour. I’m keeping my head up from now on.


    You’re welcome! Keeping your head up is what it is all about!

    – Meteor Mark

  4. Hey Meteor Mark,

    We are all very excited. Kids all went to bed early and we plan on getting them up about 2a.m. They are soooooo excited. Did u get my e-mail? Just wanted to touch base and say that I have caught a few in the last 3 mornings. Hoping to see some really good ones. Will post in the a.m. and let you know how it is here in FL.
    Keeping our heads up. . . .

  5. Hi Meteor Mom,

    I’m excited too, I’m sure this one is going to be pretty good. Clear skies to you and keep your heads up!

    – Meteor Mark

    P.S. Thanks for the email, I look forward to reading the FL report! Cloudy here :(

  6. I am so excited! I have tomorrow off so I will be up for this one. I would like to take photos. Is there any special setting I should set my point and shoot digital camera? I don’t take night shots too often. I was thinking of taking some movie clips too.
    Any suggestions?

    Camera: Fujifilm Finepix A600

  7. hi i was wondering where do i look. north south east or west. i live in southern california. and i just heard about this on the news today. Its my first time seeing one and i was hoping you guys can help me out.

  8. Jane,

    I would suggest pointing the camera to the east/northeast without getting any light from the moon in your photo. If you have a tripod that works best too.


    Please read the post that you commented in again and check out the meteor shower viewing page in the upper right hand corner. Look east/northeast and keep your head up!

    – Meteor Mark