Perseid meteor shower begins: When and where you can see it

The summer's biggest show has begun, but it's not playing at your neighbourhood multiplex. Every year, between July and Augus

the Perseid meteor shower returns, giving sky-watchers an opportunity to take advantage of the last few hot weeks of the season outside while gazing up into the night sky.

The Perseids are most active from July 17 to August 24 according to NASA. 

This year's peak, when the sky will be filled with the greatest meteors, is predicted to occur between August 11 and 13.

During the peak, you can see up to 40 meteors per hour, depending on where you are in the Northern Hemisphere.

Pieces of the comet Swift-Tuttle make up the Perseid meteor shower.

The shooting stars we see in the sky are caused by Swift-Tuttle debris, which is present each summer when Earth passes the comet

No chance exists that our planet will soon collide with the comet, according to NASA.

Viewing tips

The most important requirement to see the meteor shower is a clear sky overhead.

A dark sky free of light pollution is the second most important viewing circumstance you want.

Wherever you live, even if you can go outside, take a moment to let your eyes get used to the darkness before looking up. Putting your phone down is part of this.

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