City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight, but a waxing crescent moon this year means the meteor shower will show its full glory.
Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The Perseids Meteor Shower appears near the constellation Perseus the Hero.
|Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73; FreeDigitalPhotos|
Check out these sites for more information about the Perseids Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe:
- Early Perseid Meteor Shower Fireballs Seen by NASA
- Spacedex 2013 Meteor Shower viewing guide
- EarthSky's meteor shower guide for 2013
- StarDate 2013 Meteor Showers
- American Meteor Society