What better time for a night fishing trip than this? The Perseid meteor shower. The Perseid is perhaps the best natural fireworks show in the northern hemisphere. It peaks each year around Aug. 11-12, building steadily the preceding week and dropping off rapidly after Aug. 13. The peak time for 2016 is predicted to be the morning of Friday, Aug. 12. Expect to see 60 to 100 shooting stars per hour over the entire sky, and more large “fireballs” than any other meteor shower.
Viewing the Perseid should be pretty good this year, especially after midnight; the bright moon will be a week away from full (called waxing gibbous) and will be setting soon after midnight. The nights before and after the peak night will be pretty good viewing, too.
The Perseid meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the dust from the orbital path of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Their flight paths will appear to travel from the constellation Perseus in the northeast, but they will occur all over the sky. Binoculars are not necessary. Find a dark sky and clear horizon far from city lights and get comfortable (lounge chair, snacks, insect repellent, etc.).