Want to see the Perseids? These are the best places to see meteors near D.C.
[T]he great thing about the Perseids is that it’s such a reliable meteor shower. Even during an average year the meteors are numerous, and they also happen to be brighter than other showers, which increases your chance of seeing them.
Now for the bad news.
“When [astronomers] quote a number, that assumes you are in a place that has very little light pollution, and that’s now almost impossible to find on the East Coast.” said John Barentine, the program manager at the International Dark Sky Association.
He said only in the darkest regions of the country will you see as many as what’s being estimated. The rest of us near urban or suburban areas need to temper our expectations a little. “You’re going to see the brightest and it will only be a handful a few per hour — maybe 10,” Barentine predicted. “That’s a ballpark estimate.”