Watch the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower Peak in Slooh Webcast Tonight!

If clouds spoil your view of the famous Perseid meteor shower this weekend, don't fret — you can still watch the sky show online.

The astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will air a live Perseids show Saturday (Aug. 12) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on Aug. 13). You can watch it directly on Slooh's website, or here on, courtesy of Slooh.

"In addition to Slooh's livestreams, the event will give viewers everything they need to watch and enjoy the shower, including information on the best ways to watch, where to look and what they should bring along with them on their meteor shower journey," Slooh representatives wrote in a statement. [Perseid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It]

A Perseid meteor flashes through a sky tinged with smoke from forest fires in this image captured by photographer Barbara Matthews from Nevada County, California, during the peak of the 2016 Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 11-12. (Image credit: ©2016 Barbara Matthews)

The online Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast its own Perseids event Saturday as well, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT). You can check it out here.

The Perseid shower, which results when Earth plows through a stream of debris shed by Comet Swift-Tuttle, runs from mid-July through mid-August every year. It's one of the most prolific annual showers, with peak meteor rates of about 90 per hour during most years (for viewers with very dark skies).

The 2017 Perseid meteor shower will peak around 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) on Aug. 12, so the nights of Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13 should see the highest rates. The meteors appear to radiate out of the constellation Perseus, from which they take their name. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

But don't expect such a good show during this year's peak, which takes place this weekend (overnight Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11/12 and Aug. 12/13). The moon was full just a few days ago, on Aug. 7, and will still be bright enough to drown out many Perseids. Observers under dark skies can expect to see 40 to 50 meteors per hour during this year's peak, according to skywatching columnist Joe Rao.

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