Have you ever seen a shooting star? What about 100?
The Perseid meteor shower — aka the Perseids — is predicted to take place throughout July and August. The shower happens when Earth passes through the trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, offering spectators across the globe the opportunity to see ~100 meteors per hour when the shower is at its peak.
Ready to go meteor hunting? Check out our guide below.
The best time to watch the meteor shower is late at night or in the predawn hours during its peak from Thurs., Aug. 11-Sat., Aug. 13. These days will provide the opportunity to see the brightest + most numerous meteors.
However, because of the full Sturgeon moon on Thurs., Aug. 11, the showers are expected to bewashed out. On this night, the sky will be darkest right before dawn.
Bonus: Even if you can’t watch the Perseid meteor shower during its peak, you can still catch views of the shower throughout August.
🌲 Where to go
When choosing a spot to watch the Perseids, aim for a location that is away from man-made light. Here are some spots that we suggest:
Pro tip: You don’t need binoculars or a telescope to view the Perseids. If you have trouble finding the shower, make sure you are looking at the darkest part of the sky and allow your eyes at least 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
The Juniper Tree | Fri., Aug. 5 | 8 p.m. | The Dreamland Cinema | $10 | This retelling of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale — set in medieval Iceland — features Björk in her first on-screen performance. 📽️
Gem Faire | Fri., Aug 5-Sun., Aug. 7 | Times vary | Scottish Rite Center | $7 | Discover gemstones, crystals, beads + more at one of the country’s largest traveling jewelry shows. 💎
Model as a Muse | Sat., Aug. 6 | 2 p.m. | 2 p.m. | Crocker Art Museum | $12+ | Renowned model, actress + visual artist Twinka Thiebaud will discuss her career and “unique ability to perform for the camera.” 📷
Harvest Day 2022 | Sat., Aug 6 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Fair Oaks Horticulture Center | Free | Root yourself with garden tours, workshops, fruit tastings + talks from master gardeners on topics like healthy soils.
Lemonade Day | Sun., Aug. 7 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | McClatchy Park, 3500 5th Ave. | Free | Let a cold glass of lemonade make your day sweeter + shop from small vendors at the Oak Park Community Farmer’s Market. 🍋
Peach Festival Folsom | Sun., Aug. 7 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 915 Sutter St. | Free | Peach, please — you know there will be a peach eating contest, stone fruit beer + wine, food trucks, live music, and more at the annual event. 🍑
Hooveriii | Sun., Aug. 7 | 8 p.m. | Harlow’s | $12+ | The LA-based psych-rock band — influenced by Bowie’s Berlin period + Iggy’s “The Idiot” — is throwing a release party for its new record, “A Round of Applause.” 🎸
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The Academy of American Poets has named Sacramentan Andru Defeye as one of its 22Poet Laureate Fellows for 2022 — an honor which comes with $50,000to fund public poetry programs. Andrusays he will use the funding for Sacramento Poetry Day curriculum, a cash prize poetry contest + more. 💰 (Poets.org)
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