Perseid meteor shower peaks on 11th / 12th August
The meteors from the Perseid shower will start close to a point known as the radiant (see above), which is in the constellation of Perseus - hence the name of the meteor shower. The number of meteors will peak around the 11th-12th August, when we pass through the centre of the comet trail. During this period we can expect to see around 60 meteors per hour, which is up from the usual 5 or 6 per hour we can expect on a typical night.
During the night of the 11th/12th August we also have to contend with a waning crescent Moon, however, if we aim to observe before it rises shortly after midnight, we should still get around 2 hours of reasonably dark skies following the sunset at around 10pm - weather permitting of course. Our advice would be to head out at around 11pm with some warm clothing, a hot drink and a comfy chair, and keep your eyes looking in the direction of Perseus (see image above), which can be found above the North-Eastern horizon. Be aware that the meteors will only last a fraction of a second, so you have to concentrate .... blink and you'll miss them.