Where and when to see the Perseids meteor shower in 2019

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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In 2019 the peak of the shower unfortunately takes place when there is a bright Moon in the sky and the Moon’s natural light pollution will brighten the skies making only the brightest meteors can be seen. However it should still be quite a spectacle, particularly if you can get out a few days before the peak when the skies are darker late evening…

On the night of the peak (12th August) if you can manage to stay up until 3am when the Moon has set (or set your alarm to get up!) then the skies will be dark for a few hours until morning twilight — between 3:00am and 5:00am on the morning of Tuesday 13th August is therefore the very best time to spot the Perseids in 2019!

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 — however due to there being a bright Moon this year travelling to a dark sky site offers no advantage. See our stargazing locations map for suggestions!

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

Map of events taking place around the peak of the Perseids


Group Stargazing in the Brecon Beacons

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

A unique opportunity for you to be part of a group of 40 like minded individuals enjoying the dark skies of Wales. On the evening you will be accompanied by two astronomers who will guide you around the night sky from constellations to nebula,...

Sunday 11th August 2019 from 22:30pm to Monday 12th August 2019 01:30am

Inverclyde Skywatchers Club Meeting

South West Library - Greenock, Greenock, PA16 9HG

Join the friendly and enthusiastic members of the Inverclyde Sky Watchers Astronomy Group for this one of their regular Monday afternoon meetings.  Offering a variety of presentations and astronomical themed talks there's something for everyone....

Monday 12th August 2019 from 15:00pm to 17:00pm

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 12th August 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

West Didsbury Astronomical Society Meeting

Cavendish Road Primary School, West Didsbury, M20 1JG

Join the members of West Didsbury Astronomical Society for this one of their regular monthly meetings that take place on the second Monday of each month except August. Everyone is welcome from complete beginners to more experienced astronomers....

Monday 12th August 2019 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 12th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Norman Lockyer Observatory Monthly Meeting

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, EX10 0NY

Members of the public are invited to join members of the Norman Lockyer Observatory for this one of their regular second Monday of the month meetings, to include a talk / presentation often by a guest speaker and then observing if weather permits.

Monday 12th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Jersey Astronomy Club Observatory Open Night

Sir Patrick Moore Astronomy Centre, St. Brelade, JE3 8LN

Members of Jersey Astronomy Club meet regularly at their observatory located at the Sir Patrick Moore Astronomy Centre on the South of the island.  On the second Monday of every month they have their monthly club meeting which includes a talk by a...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseid Meteor Watch at Wynyard

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

The team at Wynyard Observatory are holding a Meteor watch for the Perseid Metor Shower from 8pm till late on Monday 12th August. This is a free event and all are welcome, but it is dependant on the weather. Please remember to wrap up warm -- they...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Perseids BBQ with Wycombe Astronomical Society

Coleshill Village Hall, Coleshill, HP7 0LN

Join the astronomers from Wycombe Astronomical Society for this practical session observing the Perseids meteor shower.

Monday 12th August 2019 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.  The event starts 20:00 with the skies darkening around 21:30.  Note that...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:00pm to Tuesday 13th August 2019 01:00am

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...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:00pm to Tuesday 13th August 2019 01:00am

Perseids Meteor Shower and Nocturnal Wildlife Guided Walk

Petworth House and Park, Midhurst, GU28 9LR

Bring along your torch and blanket and visit the Deer Park at night discovering some of the nocturnal wildlife of the Deer Park and try out a bit of star gazing.Find out about the bats and owls that roost in the Deer Park. Find out more about...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseids Meteor Shower and Wildlife Walk

Petworth House and Park, Midhurst, GU28 9LR

Take along your torch and blanket and visit the Deer Park at night discovering some of the nocturnal wildlife of the Deer Park and try out a bit of star gazing.

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Shooting Stars at Reeth

Reeth Evangelical Congregational Church, Reeth, DL11 6TG

Join astronomers from Reeth Informal Astronomy Group for this free event (donations towards Swaledale flood relief welcomed) observing the Perseids meteor shower. The event includes a talk on meteors, observing with telescopes and meteor count...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

A Night with Shooting Stars

River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf, Guildford, GU1 4RR

If the weather's fine, we're going to count shooting stars with Guildford Astronomical Society - the Perseids should be at their most visible tonight. If it's wet or cloudy, still come along - GAS do a fabulous, interesting talk and slide show. Hot...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:30pm to 22:00pm

Perseid Meteor Watch with Fordingbridge Astronomical Society

Hyde Common - Pentons Hill, Hyde, SP6 2QJ

Join the members of Fordingbridge Astronomical Society for this public outreach event observing the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

The Twice Brewed Inn Perseids (venue changed)

Twice Brewed Inn, Hexham, NE47 7AN

Everyone is invited to join the friendly and experienced amateur astronomers from Go Stargazing for the peak of this year's Perseids meteor shower at this free-to-attend event! The Perseids are arguably the most reliable of the meteor showers shows...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:30pm to 23:00pm

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Toothill Observatory Open Night

Toothill Observatory, Southampton, SO16 8AL

Join the friendly and enthusiastic Solent Amateur Astronomers as they open their Toothill Observatory for an evening of observing (weather permitting). The facility will stay open until late or until the weather closes in. Non-members very much...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

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...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

Photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower at Raby Castle

Raby Castle, Barnard Castle, DL2 3AH

August 12th 2019 sees the peak of one of the most prolific meteor showers of the season, the Perseids. Join expert astrophotographer Gary Lintern for this exclusive access event to Raby Castle for night photography, both inside and out. The Moon...

Monday 12th August 2019 from 21:30pm to 23:59pm

Rosse Observatory Open Evening

Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

Everyone is invited to join members of West Yorkshire Astronomical Society for this one of their regular open evenings at Rosse Observatory. These take place every Tuesday and Friday with Tuesday evenings being primarily for members (and tend to be...

Tuesday 13th August 2019 from 19:15pm to 21:15pm

COSMOS Observatory Open Evening

COSMOS Observatory, St Martins, TR25 0QN

Join the friendly and experienced team of astronomers at the Community Observatory St Martins on Scilly (COSMOS) and experience the truly wonderful dark skies above the Scilly Isles during this one the facility's regular Tuesday evening open...

Tuesday 13th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

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 13th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

North Wales Astronomy Society Observing Night (Perseids Meteor Watch)

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 13th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

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 13th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseids Open Observation with EAARO

EAARO Space Operations Centre, Alconbury, PE28 4XA

Members of the public are invited to an open observation at EAARO's space operations centre and observe the Perseids meteor storm during its peak period. Feel free to drop in any time from 8.30pm and enjoy this rare opportunity to experience a live...

Tuesday 13th August 2019 from 20:30pm to Wednesday 14th August 2019 03:00am

Perseid Meteor Shower with Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society

J.A. Jones Hoober Observatory, Wentworth, S62 7SH

Join the members from Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society for this Perseid meteor shower observing session from their newly refurbished observatory.

Tuesday 13th August 2019 from 22:00pm to Wednesday 14th August 2019 00:00am

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 14th August 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Saddleworth Astronomy Group Meeting

Denshaw Village Hall, Denshaw, OL3 5SY

Formed in December 2018 the Saddleworth Astronomy Group meet regularly every Wednesday evening at Denshaw Village Hall for a practical Astronomy session. Members of the public are very welcome to join them, if you have a telescope bring it along!

Wednesday 14th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

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 14th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend evenings (closed Mondays, Tuesdays...

Wednesday 14th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Perseid Meteor Shower in Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Enjoy a night of stargazing activities including a tour of the night sky in a mobile planetarium and fascinating talks from members of Dark Sky Wales. If the skies are clear you can also view the award winning dark skies of the Brecon Beacons...

Thursday 15th August 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Perton Library Astronomy Group Meeting

Perton Library, Perton, WV6 7QU

The Perton Library Astronomy Group is a small, friendly group that is open for anyone with an interest in astronomy to join them.  They meet on the third Thursday every month, events are completely free and involve stargazing and observing outside...

Thursday 15th August 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Public Observing at Cygnus Observatory

Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, NE38 8LE

Everyone is invited to join the 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 bring it...

Thursday 15th August 2019 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

Practical Astronomy with Nottingham Astronomical Society

Burnside Hall - Plumtree, Nottingham, NG12 5ND

Join astronomers from Nottingham Astronomical Society for this one of their regular "third Thursday of each month" social and practical astronomy meeting in Plumtree. These are informal events which are open to both members and non-members and...

Thursday 15th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

Southport Astronomical Society at Fernley Observatory

Fernley Observatory, Southport, PR9 9LN

This evening astronomers from Southport Astronomical Society will be meeting at the Joseph Baxendell Fernley Observatory in Hesketh Park. New members and beginners are welcome.

Thursday 15th August 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

Loughton Astronomical Society Meeting

Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Epping, CM16 7EJ

Everyone is invited to join the members of Loughton Astronomical Society for this one of their regular Thursday evening meetings which include a wide variety of different activities including a talk by a guest speaker, members presentations,...

Thursday 15th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 22:00pm

Stargazing at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Amaze at the wonderfully dark skies above Galloway and observe through large aperture instruments with the assistance of experienced resident and volunteer Astronomers. Events take place most weekday and weekend evenings (closed Mondays, Tuesdays...

Thursday 15th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

Guernsey Observatory Public Open Evening

Guernsey Observatory, St Pierre du Bois, GY7 9JU

Join the volunteers from La Societe Guernesaise Astronomy Section for this public open evening of their observatory.  If weather permits observe stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae through their large 16" telescope.  There'll be short talks and...

Thursday 15th August 2019 from 20:30pm to 22:30pm

Perseid Meteor Shower in Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Enjoy a night of stargazing activities including a tour of the night sky in a mobile planetarium and fascinating talks from members of Dark Sky Wales. If the skies are clear you can also view the award winning dark skies of the Brecon Beacons...

Friday 16th August 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseid Meteor Shower with Dark Sky Wales

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Enjoy a night of stargazing activities, including a tour of the night sky in our mobile planetarium, and fascinating talks from members of Dark Sky Wales. If the skies are clear you can also view the award winning dark skies of the Brecon Beacons...

Friday 16th August 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

Perseids at Colliford

Colliford Tavern, St Neot, PL14 6PZ

Join astronomer Brian Sheen for an evening observing the Perseid Meteor from the fantastic location of Colliford Lake. Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening. No booking required simply pay £3 on the door!

Friday 16th August 2019 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm


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