Where to see the Perseids meteor shower – August 2018

The annual Perseids meteor shower is possibly the most eagerly anticipated by astronomers. For several years now the Perseids have resulted in a great show with dozens of bright meteors being spotted per hour around the peak of their activity.

Each year as the Earth travels on its orbit around the Sun it encounters a vast swathe of cosmic dust left over by the comet Swift-Tuttle. As these tiny dust particles enter Earth’s atmosphere at great speed they burn up leaving a brief but bright trail — a shooting star!

Perseid meteors can be identified as they appear to radiate from the constellation of Perseus, hence their name. The shower takes place each year from July 14th through to August 24th with the peak in meteor numbers (the time when the Earth passes through the densest of the dust) on the evening of August 12th / morning of August 13th. The very best time to see them is the early hours of August 13th.

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This year’s peak of the shower takes place during a new moon period and therefore with no moonlight illuminating the sky more of the fainter meteors will be visible.

For the best place to see the Perseids meteor shower the most important requirement is a wide open space where you can see as much of the sky as possible. If you can get away from local light pollution even better and finding a dark sky site will be well worthwhile. Even travelling only a few miles out of town would be advantageous.

If you’re interested in photography check this fantastic guide on how to photograph the Perseid meteors by expert astrophotographer Alyn Wallace.

Places to see the Perseid meteor shower

For suggestions of where you might go to see the Perseids see our Location Map.

Perseid meteor shower public stargazing events

The following events are taking place during the peak period 11th August to 14th August.

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Perseid stargazing events

August Observing at Kenley Observatory

Kenley Observatory, Kenley, CR8 5EP

From 21:00 on every clear night between the 6th and 12th of August the Croydon Astronomical Society will be opening their Kenley Observatory to the public to view our four brightest planets. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible at Sunset,...

Monday 6th August 2018 from 21:00pm to Sunday 12th August 2018 21:00pm

Dalby Forest StarFest 2018

Dalby Forest Adderstone Field, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Tucked away in the heart of The Great Dalby Forest is Adderstone Field and home to this annual stargazing festival. Its remote location between Pickering and Scarborough is a perfect venue for Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society to hold...

Thursday 9th August 2018 from 17:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 12:00pm

Solarsphere Astronomical & Music Festival 2018

Solarsphere Astronomy Festival @ Penmaenau Farm, Llanelwedd, LD2 3RD

Solarsphere brings together astronomy and music for a festival that can be enjoyed by everyone. There'll be plenty to keep children entertained with special workshops, astronomy related activities and arts. In addition talks will be given by...

Friday 10th August 2018 from 12:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 12:00pm

Herstmonceux Observatory - Perseids Meteor Shower 2018

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Join astronomers at the Herstmonceux Observatory for the annual peak of the Perseids meteor shower (evening 1 of 2).

Friday 10th August 2018 from 20:00pm to Saturday 11th August 2018 00:30am

South West Astronomy Fair - 2018

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

This event is a great opportunity to visit the Norman Lockyer Observatory near Sidmouth. The astronomy fair includes various talks and presentations about all things "Space" as well as activities for children. There will be trade stalls, local...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 09:30am to 17:30pm

Twilight Tales and Startrails - Overnight Camp

This Green Moon, Swillington, LS26 8QA

Twilight Tales and Startrails is a day and overnight camp at This Green Moon. This family friendly event includes numerous activities including storytelling, crafts, food, live music, twilight exploration and night sky gazing. Keep your eye out for...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 11:00am to Sunday 12th August 2018 12:00pm

Mills Observatory Open Days - Summer 2018

Mills Observatory, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Visit the Mills Observatory for this one of a number of open days taking place throughout the Summer, for a detailed schedule see here. Attending the observatory is free and without charge however there is a small cost for planetarium shows which...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 12:00pm to 16:00pm

Keele Observatory Solar Observing

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

Every Saturday afternoon the Keele Observatory is open to the public for solar observing. See our closest star like you may never have done before! The observatory is open no matter the weather with a short tour of the facility and a chance to chat...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 13:00pm to 15:00pm

Saturday Public Open Night at Failand Observatory

Failand Observatory, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

Members of Bristol Astronomical Society open up their observatory at Failand most Saturday nights if the weather forecast allows for observing -- a notice will be shown on the Bristol Astronomical Society website on the evening to indicate if the...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

See the Perseids with Wells and Mendip Astronomers

Oakhill Village Hall, Oakhill, BA3 5AN

Join the members of Wells and Mendip Astronomers for this public event observing the Perseids meteor shower.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 23:00pm

Peek at the Perseids 2018!

Rose and Crown - Tooting Bec Road, London, SW17 8BH

Join the South West London Stargazers for this public event viewing the Perseids meteor shower from Tooting Common.  Meet up in the Rose and Crown pub beforehand at 19:30pm.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

Join astronomers from Wycombe Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and Perseid meteor spotting. Enjoy a dinner in the restaurant followed by a presentation and stargazing on the parterre. Booking required.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 23:45pm

Stargazing Saturday at the Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

Every Saturday night (weather permitting) the Astronomy Centre opens its observatory doors to the public for an evening of stargazing. This is perhaps the best equipped observatory in the UK hosting a wide range of large aperture telescopes. Please...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 23:30pm

Cotswold Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting

Shurdington Social Centre, Shurdington, GL51 4TB

Members of the public are invited to join Cotswold Astronomical Society for this one of their regular meetings that take place on the second Saturday each month at Shurdington Social Centre. Enjoy a presentation on an astronomical subject, break for...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 19:45pm to 22:00pm

Herstmonceux Observatory - Perseids Meteor Shower 2018

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

Join astronomers at the Herstmonceux Observatory for the annual peak of the Perseids meteor shower (evening 2 of 2).

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 20:00pm to Sunday 12th August 2018 00:30am

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway, see the Milky Way arching overhead and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Observing with Fordingbridge Astro

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Join members of Fordingbrdige Astronomical Society for this regular stargazing session at their observing location in Hyde, near Fordingbridge. Members of the public welcomed although are asked to abide by observing guidelines including the use of...

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 - Clatteringshaws

Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, Near New Galloway, DG7 3SQ

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Clatteringshaws.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing. Contact Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre for bookings.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 in Brecon

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

See the annual Perseid meteor shower in the company of expert astronomers from Dark Sky Wales.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 22:00pm to Sunday 12th August 2018 01:00am

The Perseids and Summer Triangle

Richmond Memorial Hall - Tomintoul, Ballindalloch, AB37 9ET

Visitors and locals are invited to join members of the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership for this event spotting Perseids meteors, also an opportunity to observe the planets Saturn and Mars through a telescope.

Saturday 11th August 2018 from 22:30pm to 23:59pm

Perseids Meteor Shower 2018 at Killhope

Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1AR

See the Perseids meteor shower and experience the fantastic dark skies above Killhope at this special event acting as a launch pad event for the North Pennines Stargazing Festival 2018. Suitable for all of the family there will be live folk music,...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 18:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 01:00am

East Essex Astronomy Club Meeting - Perseid Meteors

Burnham-on-Crouch Baptist Hall, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8AS

Join the members of East Essex Astronomy Club for their monthly meeting with observing afterwards if clear.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 18:30pm to 20:30pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory, Washington, NE38 8LE

Members of the public are invited to join enthusiastic members of Sunderland Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing and observing through their large aperture telescopes. If you need assistance with your own telescope you are welcome to...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Stargazing at Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis, LL55 4UB

Join astronomers from Dark Sky Wales at the fantastic location of Dolbadarn Castle for an evening of stargazing.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseids at Wynyard Observatory

Wynyard Planetarium & Observatory, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 3JG

Join the astronomers from the Teeside Astronomy Science Centre as they open their observatory at Wynyard to observe the Perseids meteor shower. Open til late.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 19:30pm to Monday 13th August 2018 01:00am

Perseids BBQ with Wycombe Astronomical Society

Coleshill Village Hall, Coleshill, HP7 0LN

Join the members of Wycombe Astronomical Society for this special event timed to coincide with the peak of the annual Perseids meteor shower.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseids Meteor Shower and BBQ

Wembury Beach Car Park, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Bring your own portable / disposable BBQ, some food and some drink and join the members of Weymouth Astronomy Club for an evening of observing the Perseid Meteor shower. Note that Wembury Beach Car Park is one of a number of favoured stargazing...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 20:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 01:00am

Perseids Meteor Shower at Hexham Racecourse

Hexham Racecourse, Hexham, NE46 2JP

Join astronomers from Go Stargazing for an evening spotting shooting stars from the fabulous location of Hexham Racecourse. This event takes place at the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower and, with the help of amazing dark skies, between 60...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:00pm to Monday 13th August 2018 01:00am

Stargazing at Durlston with Wessex Astronomical Society

Durlston Astronomy Centre, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Everyone is invited to join the members of Wessex Astronomical Society at the Durlston Astronomy Centre for this one of their regular public meetings and stargazing sessions. These events consist of an astronomical themed presentation then...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Perseid Meteor Shower at Cassiobury Park

Cassiobury Park Hub, Watford, WD18 7LB

The Perseid meteor shower happens every year and can be quite spectacular. The peak display is between the 11th - 13th August and this year there is a moonless sky and will make them easier to spot.Bring a flask and a deck chair and watch the...

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:30pm to Monday 13th August 2018 00:30am

Stargazing at Kirroughtree

Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Kirroughtree.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing.

Sunday 12th August 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm

Observing with Orwell Astronomical Society

Newbourne Village Hall, Newbourne, IP12 4NP

Members of Orwell Astronomical Society meet on the second and fourth Monday's of each month at Newbourne Village Hall for an evening of observing with some events also including a talk or presentation.  These events are ideal for anyone who is...

Monday 13th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Reeth Informal Astronomy Group Meeting

Reeth Dales Centre, Reeth, DL11 6SP

Join members of Reeth Informal Astronomy Group for this one of their regular monthly meetings. The group welcomes beginners for a discussion in current astronomy news, exchange ideas and if the weather permits observe the night skies above Reeth.

Monday 13th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Blackpool & District Astronomical Society Meeting

Blackpool Cricket Club, Blackpool, FY3 9EQ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Blackpool & District Astronomical Society for this one of their regular monthly meetings. The event includes a talk or presentation and then observing in the cricket ground if weather permits. All...

Monday 13th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Perseids Meteor Shower 2018 at The Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, NE47 7AN

See the Perseid Meteor Shower at the Sill with expert astronomers and enjoy the dark skies of Northumberland National Park from the roof of the newly furbished discovery centre!

Monday 13th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Solar Observing at Stowe House

Stowe House - National Trust, Buckingham, MK18 5EH

Join the team from UK Astronomy for an afternoon observing our closest star the Sun (safely) through special solar telescopes.

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 11:00am to 15:00pm

Lincoln Observatory Open Evening

Lincoln Observatory, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Lincoln Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Tuesday evening meetings at their observatory. The first Tuesday of each month is a formal meeting with guest speaker with the remaining Tuesdays...

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Wales Astronomy Society Observing Night

Llanelian Community Centre, Llanelian, LL29

Join members of North Wales Astronomical Society for this one of their regular informal observing evenings. Members of the public are very welcome to attend for a small fee to help cover costs. Bring your telescope and get expert help! An excellent...

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Rosse Observatory Open Night

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

You are invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory.Tuesday evenings are primarily for members and tend to be more formal, Friday evenings are more social and...

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Cornwall Astronomy Society Meeting & Stargazing

Degibna Chapel, Helston, TR12 7PR

Meeting of Cornwall Astronomy Society to which members of the public are also welcome, including observing afterwards if weather permits.

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Keele Observatory Public Open Evening

Keele Observatory, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

The Keele Observatory at Keele University is open to the public every Tuesday evening. If the weather permits there will be observing through their large 31cm aperture refracting telescope. If not the observatory will still be open for a short...

Tuesday 14th August 2018 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Norman Lockyer Observatory Open Afternoon

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Tour of the history telescopes at the Norman Lockyer Observatory to include a short talk, planetarium presentation, tour of the technology centre and observing if clear. Entrance fee applies, no need to pre-book.

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 14:15pm to 16:15pm

Institute of Astronomy Public Open Night

Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

This free event is one of a regular weekly public open evenings at Cambridge University's Institute of Astronomy that take place every Wednesday evening each year from October through to March. The entrance doors open at 18:45pm with seating in the...

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 18:45pm to 21:00pm

Weekly Observing at Leighton Observatory

Leighton Observatory, Widnes, WA8 5QW

Hosted by Liverpool Astronomical Society at their Leighton Observatory this weekly observing session is a great opportunity to have a look through their telescopes. All members of the public welcome.

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Salford Observatory Open Evening

Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

Find out more about Salford Astronomical Society and observe through their large 18.5" reflecting telescope by joining their members on this one of their frequent observatory open nights. Attendance is free with no obligation to join. These events...

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing at Clatteringshaws

Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, Near New Galloway, DG7 3SQ

Join a team of Dark Sky Rangers for this public stargazing event under the dark skies of Clatteringshaws.  Ticket required which includes hot food and drinks, presentations and stargazing. Contact Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre for bookings.

Wednesday 15th August 2018 from 21:30pm to 23:30pm


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