'Best meteor shower of the year' peaks this week, but something else could steal the show

There may even be some fireballs — larger and longer-lasting "explosions of light and color."

This month brings back one of nature's best celestial displays, but a full moon could steal the spotlight.

The Perseid meteor shower, according to NASA, peaks at 50 to 100 meteors per hour and is occasionally accompanied by fireballs

which are brighter and longer-lasting "explosions of light and colour" that are caused by larger comet debris.

Usually active from mid-July through September, the Perseids are at their best this year between Friday night until Saturday morning (Aug. 12-13). 

The ideal time to see the meteors is just before dawn, though they can occur as early as 10 p.m.

One issue: Thursday is the full moon. Its intense light is so strong that it can outshine meteors and render all but the brightest ones invisible.

The show will be somewhat subdued, but there will still be enough bright meteors for you to observe enough action by just turning away from the moon

according to Robert Lunsford, editor of the American Meteor Society

Although NASA warns this may not be the year to make a special trip to witness the celestial display, if you find yourself outside at the peak, try having a look

The Perseid meteor shower is often thought of as the best meteor shower of the year.

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