Astronomy fans wait all year for the Perseid meteor shower in August. What Is the Perseid Meteor Shower? While many meteor showers produce just a handful of visible shooting stars per hour, the Perseids peak at 60 to 150 meteors most years. When to See the Perseid Meteor ShowerThis year, the Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak on the nights of Thursday, August 12, and Friday, August 13. The early morning hours—between midnight and sunrise—tend to be the best time to catch a meteor shower.