After 12 a.m., especially from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., August 11 to 13, 2012 were the best times to view the Perseid meteor shower. Stargazers away from city lights may have been lucky enough to see 50 to 100 meteors an hour.
Some meteor enthusiasts were able to participate in a live chat about the Perseid shower with NASA astronomer Bill Cook and his team from the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on August 12, 2012.
The next meteor shower to watch for in 2012 will take place October 7-8 during night fall and in the early evening. You’ll have a better chance of viewing the Draconids if you live in the northern hemisphere.
Between midnight and dawn on October 21, 2012 the Orionids can be seen darting across the sky.
The South Taurids meteor shower can best be viewed starting late at night on November 4, 2012 through early dawn on November 5, 2012.
Peak dates and times for the North Taurids meteor shower will be late at night on November 11, 2012 through early dawn on November 12, 2012.
The Leonids meteors can be seen in the sky late at night on November 16, 2012 until dawn on November 17, 2012.
The final shower in 2012 will be the Geminids. See around 50 meteors an hour from late night December 13 until dawn on December 14.