It's time for the best meteor shower of the year: The Perseids



While it's true that the shower peaked on the night of August 13, you still should be able to spot plenty of shooting stars tonight if the mood should strike you.

"...[T] he Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature's fireworks", NASA.

Because the moon will almost be full, the best chance to see the meteors will be when the moon is low in the west, or the brief period after it sets.

"They're best seen between 2am local time and dawn". So instead of roughly 60 an hour, as there have been in past years, there might be 20 or 30 shooting stars an hour this year, experts say.

"For the best meteor watching, face toward the east and look up".

Earth passes through debris from the giant Comet Swift-Tuttle, which left lots of tiny particles on its trip through Earth's orbit. Then, NASA notes, the moon will set after 3 am, leaving dark skies to illuminate more meteors. This comet has an orbital period of 133 years. Those grains of sand and rock fall into and burn up in the upper atmosphere, creating streaks of light.

Despite the lunar interference, the shower will still be surprisingly visible across the world given the moon's relatively low position in the southern sky due to the Earth's tilt. You have one more night to see it.

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