The Perseids meteor shower is set to peak Wednesday night and it is something that those who enjoy watching such events should not miss. 

There are a lot of ifs and buts that can make it difficult for people to view the Perseids even at peak viewing, such as being in a location with a lot of light pollution or residing in an area found below 30 degrees south latitude (those in this area will not be able to view the Perseids at all).

Whatever the reason that may cause you to miss the Perseids meteor shower, you do not have to worry because there are more meteor showers you can still catch during the remainder of the year. 

Meteor Showers From July to December

Perseids Meteor Shower
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The Perseids is just one of the meteor showers you can catch from July to December of every year. In fact, the second half of the year is the best time to catch a meteor shower due to the many options available. 

Here are the meteor showers that grace the night sky from July to December annually as seen in the meteor shower lists of the American Meteor Society and the Royal Museums Greenwich in the United Kingdom:

Southern Delta Aquarids

Period of activity: July 13 to August 24

Rate per hour: less than 25 meteors per hour

Alpha Capricornids

Period of activity: July 3 to August 15

Rate per hour: up to 5 meteors per hour

Perseids

Period of activity: July 17 to August 26

Rate per hour: up to 150 meteors per hour

Related Article: 5 Things You Should Know About the Perseids Meteor Shower


Orionids

Period of activity: October 2 to November 7 

Rate per hour: up to 15 meteors per hour

Leonids

Period of activity: November 6 to 30

Rate per hour: less than 15 meteors per hour

Geminids

Period of activity: December 4 to 17

Rate per hour: More than 120 meteors per hour

Ursids

Period of activity: December 17 to 26 

Rate per hour: less than 10 meteors per hour

Quadrantids

Period of activity: December 27 to January 10

Rate per hour: up to 120 meteors per hour

Perseids Meteor Shower Peak Viewing

Out of all the meteor shower events happening for the remainder of the year, it is the Perseids meteor shower's peak viewing that is fast approaching. It begins on the evening of Wednesday, August 11, and ends when dawn hits on August 12. 

If your location will make it difficult for you to catch the Perseids meteor shower, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will stream the event in its social media accounts. Make sure to check NASA to see if the space agency will likewise stream the remaining meteor showers for the year.

Capturing the Meteor Shower With Your Smartphone

Meteor showers are really a sight to behold and you may want to capture them in a photo or two to preserve them. While powerful cameras will always be ideal when it comes to taking photos and even videos of meteor showers, believe it or not, your smartphone will do. 

There are just certain changes to the settings of your smartphone's camera you have to make in order to be able to use them during a meteor shower. A Tech Times Article, Perseids Meteor Shower 2021: Best Smartphone Settings To Use, Viewing Peak Schedule, and More, shows you how. 

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Written by Isabella James

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