Tips for viewing Perseid Meteor Shower on the Kern River
Updated: Aug 12
Looking for a unique way to squeeze in precious family-time while juggling back-to-school readiness? One of the biggest, annual meteor showers occurs in mid-July through August and we've got viewing tips, dark skies and plenty of mid-week camp sites available!
Viewing a meteor shower is most satisfying in a dark sky location, as far from urban light pollution as possible, such as in a rural Campground.
According to the experts at Griffith Observatory, the best way to watch a meteor shower is to travel to a wilderness area or campground that has a dark sky. It’s best to choose a night when the Moon is not visible during the shower. Most meteor showers are strongest after midnight and until dawn.
Pro Tip: Dress warmly and lie back on a deck chair or lounge, so you are looking up at the sky. Don’t look at bright lights like flashlights or cell phone displays which can desensitize your eyes for ten minutes or more.
Perseids: Active: July 17 – August 24 Peak Night: August 12/13
When can it be observed?: 10:00 p.m. - 4:40 a.m. Approximate peak hour: 3:40 - 4:40 a.m.
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Expected dark sky rate: 83 meteors per hour. The light of the nearly full moon, however, will reduce the numbers of visible meteors.
Perseid meteors are produced by particles shed by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. They hit our atmosphere at 37 miles (59 kilometers) per second. Bright moonlight will affect viewing this year.
Meteor showers are usually named after a star or constellation that is close to where the meteors appear in the sky. Perseid meteors are produced by particles shed by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. They hit our atmosphere at 37 miles (59 kilometers) per second.
Recreating responsibly includes packing trash bags to leave our wild spaces cleaner than you found them. There is a glass ban in the Sequoia National Forest, so remember to use plastic storage containers, ziploc bags, or bota bags for camping gear and kitchen supplies instead.
Ready to go stargazing on the Kern River?
Then let’s go! At Kern River’s Edge, you’ll find spacious campsites, concierge firewood & ice deliveries, and the best viewing spots on the Kern River. With over 40 camping sites to choose from and easy access to all types of activities — including stargazing —, there’s something for everyone at the River’s Edge campsite.