The Perseid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity.
Some shooting stars will be visible each night from 23 Jul to 20 Aug, but the
best show will be expected on or around 12 August
The maximum number of meteors expected to be visible from a dark location is
around 80 per hour (ZHR). The Moon will be 7 days old at the time of peak activity, and so will present significant interference in the early evening sky.
The radiant of the Perseid meteor shower is at around right ascension
02h26m22s , declination +58°00'00" . All of the meteors will
appear to be travelling directly outward from this is the point, which is
shown by a green cross on the planetarium view to the right.
The best place to look to see as many meteors as possible is not at the
radiant itself, but at any dark patch of sky which is around 90° away from
it, since it is at a distance of around 90° from the radiant that meteors
will typically appear at their brightest.
The sky on Mon, 12 August 2013
The Handbook of the British
Detail from engraving by Adolf Vollmy (1888)