The 2010 Perseid Meteor shower began July 13 and lasts until August 26. Next week (Aug. 12-13), the Earth will be passing through the densest part of the debris field from the comet Swift-Tuttle (originator of the Perseids). This will be the peak time to view the meteor shower. Primarily visible in the Northern Hemisphere and radiating from the consellation Perseus, the best time to view the showers is pre-dawn (after midnight) – where you might see meteors at a rate of 50 or more per hour. During the peak of the shower, we will be blessed with a waxing crescent moon, which means we will have a dark sky- perfect for viewing the light show.
Astronomy clubs around the United States are holding viewing parties- to find a local astronomy club in your area go to the Night Sky Network National Astronomy Club Map
If you would like to learn more about meteor showers, as wells as viewing information about the Perseids, see our guide to Internet Resources: Meteor Showers
So get outside and watch the sky. You will not be disappointed.