Perseid meteor shower peak: 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 August, 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

Where is the best place to watch the Perseid meteor shower?

Parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic will have difficulty spotting shooting stars on Wednesday as cloud cover increases, according to the cloud cover forecast for this week.

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