Aug. 9, 2012. The most exciting astronomical show of the summer, the Perseid meteor shower, should be at its best on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Find a spot in the dark with a wide-open view of the sky, bundle up against the late-night chill, lie back in a lounge chair, watch the sky and be patient. After 11 p.m. or midnight, expect to see at least a meteor each minute on average with fewer at first.
The thick waning crescent Moon will rise by 1 or 2 a.m. with Jupiter right above it. You’re also likely to see occasional Perseids for many nights before and after.