Perseid Meteor Shower (August 2018)
The Perseid Meteor Shower, caused by debris shed by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle entering the Earth’s atmosphere, is one of the astronomical highlights of the year for many observers. This year’s shower is expected to peak sometime on Sunday, August 12, when there is no moonlight interference, however the peak may happen during daylight for North American observers. The meteors radiate from the constellation of Perseus in the northeast, but can appear in any part of the sky, including along the band of the Milky Way. The shower will still be visible on Sunday night and Monday morning (August 12-13), but keep in mind that PMO is not open to the public that night, so you may need to view the meteors from the campground area if you do choose that night.