Today’s Astronomical Events – August 12th, 2015

The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the 12th and 13th of August. Known since antiquity, they have a maximum hourly rate of 100, making it one of the most active and reliable meteor showers. Fortunately, the Moon is a waning crescent and its light shouldn’t interfere with the visibility of any meteors that might occur.

Although the meteors will be visible throughout the night, your best chance of seeing any will be in the early hours of the morning, once the constellation of Perseus has risen sufficiently high above the horizon. You’ll also need to be far away from town and city lights to catch the fainter shooting stars as they streak across the darkened sky.

Don’t miss the chance to catch these celestial fireworks – they only occur once a year and next year the Moon will be too bright!

(Click on an image to enlarge. Adapted from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



The Perseid meteor shower peaks. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 100. (Moon: waning crescent. Naked eye, Perseus, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

The globular cluster M15 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 6.2. Pegasus, all night.)



Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.

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