The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The best time to view the Perseids, and most other meteor showers, is when the sky is the darkest.Most astronomers suggest that depending on the Moon’s phase, the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.Sunrise & Sunset in your city Made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus.

This year, astronomers are predicting a spectacular shower, with about 200 meteors per hour lighting up the night sky during the time of maximum activity.

A waxing gibbous Moon may make it harder for some observers to watch the meteor shower.

However, if the peak occurs after the Moon sets in your location, you may be treated to a spectacular show of celestial fireworks, weather permitting, of course.

Moonset times in your location The high level of Perseid activity this year means that even observers in some Southern Hemisphere locations will be able to see some fireballs.

On a historic farm with structures dating back into the early 1800s or before, the Annual Colfax Persimmon Festival celebrates the persimmon and historic farming with a wide range of exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music, and of course, many persimmon-related items for purchase.

PARKING: Parking will be coordinated off-site at Shady Grove Church (119 N. Shuttle service will be arranged to and from the Festival site further north on Bunker Hill Road.If your vehicle has a current handicapped tag, please ask at the church about handicapped parking at the Festival site.The 2016 Perseids will peak on the night of August 11 and early morning hours of August 12.While the skies are lit up several time a year by other meteor showers, the Perseids are widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers.This is because at its peak, one can see 60 to 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place.The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere.