See the Perseid meteor shower in the Netherlands

Perseid meteors caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle began streaking across the skies in late July and will peak on the night of August 13

Perseid meteors caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle began streaking across the skies in late July and will peak on the night of August 13

"Jupiter will be the brightest thing in the eastern sky", says Reynolds.

The shower will peak Monday night but it will be visible all weekend so you have multiple chances to see this meteor shower before it ends later this month.

NASA said not all the meteors you'll see belong to the Persoid meteor shower, with other background meteors and weaker showers also present.

THE handsome Perseid meteor shower will light up the night skies next week when Earth crashes into the orbital debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The pieces of space debris that interact with the Earth's atmosphere to create the Perseids originate from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

Most of the meteors seen in this composite are Perseids. "Those ones are about a centimeter across". Best of luck catching sight of those shooting stars! After that, there's no specific place to look - just up!

This story originally appeared on Simplemost. That would be the constellation Perseus, hanging low in the northern/northeastern sky. Head out any early morning this weekend (Friday through Sunday) and look northeast to see some shooting stars. The light from the moon will outshine some of the dimmer meteors but after the moon sets around 4:30 am more meteors will become visible.

"They're convenient", Cooke says.

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"Up to 100 meteors per hour will occur during the peak night", AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said.

How to watch Perseids? .

One of the best things about the Perseids is that you don't need special equipment to enjoy the light show.

If you're really lucky, you'll catch an exploding meteor, or "bolide".

Bring a blanket or towel to sit on, and some snacks and bug spray.

The best views of the Perseids will be available for those in the Northern Hemisphere, the only catch being that seeing the meteor show requires people staying up late or getting up very early in the morning. Perseids are also known for fireballs, so it's still worth heading out despite the bright moon.

If you see one, you'll certainly know it! But we won't have to worry about Swift-Tuttle hitting Earth. Most of the time it's both. Allot your watch party a half-hour after sunset for the sky to darken.But if you're a night owl, you'll likely find the most activity after midnight. Notice how they all appear to be streaking from the same direction?

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