The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to be at its best this year, producing one or two meteors per minute during peak hours.
According to the best estimates, in 2007 the Earth is predicted to cut through the densest part of the Perseid stream sometime around 2 a.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 13. That corresponds to 11 p.m. PT on Aug. 12 for those of us in California.
The late-night hours Sunday, on through the first light of dawn Monday holds the greatest promise of seeing a very fine Perseid display.
The moon will be new on Sunday, meaning that there will be no interference from it at all. Ideally you want to be 40 miles away from a city center. Jump in your car tonight and drive to the coast or up to the mountains or stroll to the local beach like me. I'll be laying in the sand tonight checking out the show. Way to end a weekend!