2012 Perseid Meteor Shower

What is the Perseid Meteor shower? Well, it is defined as a shower of meteors that appears to originate in the vicinity of the constellation Perseus peaking during the second week of August. The average amount of meteors per hour are 50-80. Have you ever wanted to see a meteor shower? If so, you are in luck. This weekend in fact the beautiful Perseid Meteor shower will be on display in the night sky. August 11, 12, and 13th are the best nights to view them with the 12th being the prime night. Though the moon will interfere with some of the lighter ones, many should still be visable. One of the best viewing spots in the Cedar City area is Cedar Breaks National Monument at the Point Supreme Overlook. The Perseid meteor shower will be highlighted with Star Party activities on August 12. Activities will begin at 9 pm. A constellation tour and telescope viewing through several large telescopes will be facilitated by park staff and astronomy volunteers. The best viewing is after midnight so make sure you get a nap so you can stay up late.