Predicting 60-80 shooting stars per hour! The most all summer long!!
Even casual skywatchers know about the Perseid meteor shower, because it offers up to 60 an hour under pleasant summer skies. According to the International Meteor Organization, the shower's 2015 peak should come between 6:30 and 9:00 UT, which is ideal for North America, and the just-past-new Moon will not be a factor. So start watching on the evening of the 12th as soon as the radiant (near the Double Cluster in Perseus) clears the horizon, and stay up as late as you can. Dynamicist Jérémie Vauballion (IMCCE, Paris) predicts that an additional pulse of activity might come about 12 hours earlier (best for Asia), when a dust trail shed in 1862 by the Perseids' parent comet, 109P/Swift-Tuttle, is expected to pass very close to near Earth. The story of how 19th-century observers realized this shower is an annual event is interesting reading. - See more