Annual Perseid Meteor Shower in Rocky Mountains

A perseid meteor shower can be seen every year in Rocky Mountain National Park in mid August
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A perseid meteor shower can be seen every year in Rocky Mountain National Park in mid August
Perseid Meteor

Perseid meteor by Kim MyoungSung [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Each August, the Perseid meteor shower reappears—and Rocky’s dark skies make for a brilliant show. These shooting stars (astronomical debris heating up as they rub up against Earth’s atmosphere) appear at a rate of one per minute or more at the peak.

Direction of the Perseids Meteor

Direction of the Perseids Meteor

When to see them?

The 2016 Perseid meteor shower will peak around August 11. A first-quarter moon on August 10, 2016 will create dark sky conditions for watching the night skies.

Don't expect to see too much early in the night. The best viewing time is between midnight and just before dawn. Get as far away from unnatural lights as possible, and give your eyes at least 20 minutes to adjust. Meteor watching is a waiting game so bring a blanket and get comfortable.

Where to see them?

You want to be in a wide open area with 360-degree views. In the park head for Trail Ridge Road, Kawuneeche Valley, Beaver Meadows, or Lake Irene.

Below is a timelapse video of 2012's shower filmed by Dave Dugdale at Lake Irene in the park. Nightime shots start at 1:30 marker on video.

Also see information on RMNP Night Sky Programs

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