The Perseid Meteor Shower was at it's peak in the northern hemisphere this last weekend of August 11th, 12th and 13th.

It was only coincidence that I happen to be headed car camping at Bair Lake just outside of Checkerboard, MT. It was my chance to catch an amazing meteor shower and that, I did.


I arrived at the lake on Friday evening around 10pm, setup camp, and went to bed. I woke up around three or four am to see if I can see any meteor action. Although the stars, the Milky Way galaxy were all out and incredibly vibrant, however I didn't see much of anything resembling shootings stars so I decided to head back to bed.

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The next day, I said to myself that I would look in certain places that night particularly toward the the north sky.

Around the same time on Sunday morning around 4am I woke up and the stars were out despite clouds and covering the sky 8 hour prior. Same as the last night the Milky Way galaxy and the stars were brighter than ever, but this time the night sky was filled with meteors.

That morning, I think I counted fifteen or twenty shooting stars in the northern sky, and just as many everywhere else.

I woke up my wife to see the meteor action, because of the frequency she was able to see one or two before deciding to go back to sleep.

Although I saw a great deal this time around, I'm going to prepare more for next year like using some sort of recording device to document it and center a camping trip more around the meteor event.

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According to NASA, the Perseid meteor shower is "considered the best meteor shower of the year." The show typically peaks mid-August. For 2023, the shower peaked around the world between Aug. 12-14. The latest edition of the meteor shower created an extra special light show in the sky. Here is what the Perseid meteor shower looked like across the globe.


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