The Perseid Meteor Shower Has Arrived, Here’s How to See It

You can expect to see an average of 100 meteors per hour at the impressive shower's peak.

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Kevin Key/Slworking/Moment/Getty Images
Kevin Key/Slworking/Moment/Getty Images

Close your eyes and get ready to make a lot of wishes-or actually, you’d better keep your eyes open for this one!

The beloved Perseid meteor shower is upon us, and like every year, it is active from mid-July to late August. However, as In The Sky points out, this year it won’t peak until the days around August 13.

That said, it’s supposed to be a great year for Perseids, which are generally thought to be one of the most impressive meteor showers most years, even if last year’s show was a bit of a bust due to a full moon. According to, the moon is set to be only 10% illuminated during those days, making it ideal conditions to better see the meteors. Don’t worry about missing out-they’re supposed to be many. The Perseids flaunt a very high rate of meteors per hour, and they can reach a rate of between 150-200. On average, according to NASA, you can catch around 100 per hour.

Now, onto the important stuff. Where and when should you locate yourself to better see them? The answer is the Northern Hemisphere, to start. In terms of an actual spot, you should aim to find the darkest possible location, so it is advisable to do some research and find the nearest Dark Site or a place with very low light pollution. You might want to go to sleep early before your stargazing endeavor, though-the best time to catch them is the pre-dawn hours.

Once you’ve done that, you’re pretty much set-you won’t need any equipment or binoculars, but you should allow your eyes to adapt to the dark. In order to do that, lay down and look at the sky towards the north for a good 30 minutes, after which you can expect to start seeing some gorgeous shooting stars. Additionally, NASA recommends getting comfortable-bring a blanket or a sleeping bag, and plan to lie flat on your back. Happy stargazing!

Ready to go stargazing?

Here are all the best stargazing events that you can get out and see this month or you could stay in and stream the northern lights from home. If you’re just getting started, check out our guide to astronomy for beginners or easy stargazing road trips from big US cities.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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