There’s no better way to savor the darkest skies in the Lower 48 than with one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year—Perseid Meteor Shower. Happening in the middle of Nevada’s prime-time Milky Way viewing season, head for any city and region in Nevada, then look up to bask in one of the most beloved and visible meteor showers of the year.
While the Perseid Meteor Shower lasts more than a month, starting July 17th then continuing through August 26th, 2021, the biggest burst of meteors will likely happen August 11th, 12th and 13th. Best yet, the peak mornings of Perseid will occur on mostly moonless times guaranteeing true dark skies, thanks to a waxing crescent phase.
Years without moonlight see much higher rates, and in outburst years the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.
Some of the best places to see Perseids are places like the Ruby Mountains, Great Basin National Park, Massacre Rim, Tonopah Stargazing Park, Lunar Crater, the Basin & Range National Monument, Black Rock Desert, and just about everywhere else in Rural Nevada. For a full list of our fave places to stargaze, click here.