The Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight (Saturday, August 11th, 2012) , just a little after midnight, U.S. EDT.
As long as the weather holds up in your particular locale, conditions should be excellent: The moon only begins to rise around 1AM EDT, and is in waning crescent phase, so moon light shouldn’t interfere very much with viewing (the moon will also be in conjunction with Jupiter tonight, with Venus just below, for your added viewing pleasure).
Experts are predicting, on average, about one meteor sighting per minute.
Here’s a great article I’ve found which provides much astronomical background information, and cites the best viewing locations across the continental United States.
So, happy viewing! Hope everyone manages to get out there to see it.
Alas, we had nothing but clouds and rain in our area. But here’s a great image of the Perseids against the background of the Milky Way. This is from NASA’s APOD (Astronomical Picture of the Day) collection, for August 14th, 2012:
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