Perseid Meteor Shower to light up night sky: When to watch, what you’ll see

Just look up!

Look up!

A heavenly display of “shooting stars” will soon light up the night sky!

The Perseid Meteor Shower will put on a show when it reaches its peak overnight on Aug. 12 into the wee morning hours of Aug. 13.

The Perseids are well known for big bright fireballs.

However, a nearly full moon could washout some of the show.

That said, you can expect to see about 10 to 15 Perseids per hour.

When to see them?

The best way to see the Perseids is to go outside to a very dark location (away from any city lights) between 10 p.m. and dawn Monday, Aug. 12 into Aug. 13.

Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

Lie on your back and look straight up.

The Perseids will put on a show all over the night’s sky.

Skywatchers should also be able to see Mars and Saturn during the meteor shower.

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What am I looking at?

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids.

When the asteroids come around the sun, they leave a dusty trail behind them.

Every year Earth passes through these debris trails.

These bits collide with our atmosphere and disintegrate, which create fiery and colorful streaks in the sky.