The Perseid Meteor Shower may come once a year, but it’s a summer weekend activity you don’t want to miss. 

Museums, restaurants, and concerts can be costly. But the Perseid Meteor shower provides free fun for everyone. Here’s how to get the most out of the annual meteor shower this weekend. 

The Perseid Meteor will begin Saturday, August 11, run through the night on August 12, and end on August 13, according to Baltimore CBS Local. During its peak, watchers could see up to 60 meteors per hour, according to the Howard County Conservancy

The comet Swift-Tuttle, discovered in 1882, produces the shower, according to the conservancy. Though the shower runs annually from July 17 through August 24, this year’s peak falls this very weekend. 

To best see the meteor shower, watch from a cozy, dark location after midnight. Meteors will appear near constellation Perseus, but can show up throughout the sky, according to the conservancy.

Want to watch the meteor shower with experts? Check out this free gathering in the DMV:  

NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation
Saturday, 8:30–10 p.m.
Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia side | North end parking lot #1
Free viewing party on Saturday with high-powered telescopes.

When’s the last time you saw a meteor shower? What was it like? Let us know in the comments!

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