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The Perseid meteor shower is about to begin--here's how to catch it


For the next month or so, if you head outside after sunset and it happens to be a clear night, look up. The sky will be putting on its annual production of the Perseids, and here at Popular Science we're answering all the questions you might have about the upcoming display. Let's dive right in.

When and where is this happening?

The Perseid meteor shower happens every summer for about a month. In 2021, the Perseids will run from about July 14 to August 24, but will peak between August 11 and 14. Per usual, the best viewing times are before dawn, and since the moon will only be 13 percent full during the peak days, the meteor should be quite visible.

What's the difference between a meteor shower and a normal shower?

A shower is something in your home that you stand in and that pours water all over you whenever you need to be clean.