Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch

"And interestingly, most of these meteors are amazingly small", she says. The Northern Hemisphere can best see the event with stargazers seeing up to 150 meteors per hour on peak nights.

It is best to head out of town to enjoy the dark skies with the attractive Milky Way stretching from the south and continuing overhead.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is underway as of July 17, but it will reach its peak late Sunday night into Monday morning (August 12th and 13th).

The annual Perseid meteor shower happens this weekend.

"This year, we'll be lucky the moon won't be shining most of the night", Bjerke said. Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells CBS News that this year, spectators will be in store for a better watching experience due to diminished moonlight -- or in his words: "We won't have any moon messing it up".

The meteors originate from the constellation of Perseus, which gives it its name.

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The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour. You may have a slightly better chance if you face northeast.

The fall of the meteors will be at a rate of 80 meteors per hour and a 60 km/second speed.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. That's why some people call them shooting stars, but they have nothing to do with stars.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

Those who live in areas with little light pollution will be able to see the shower best, if there's clear weather.

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour). The number will then start to diminish, though higher-than-average meteor activity associated with the Perseids should be visible through August 24. "You don't want binoculars". The planet Mars will keep you company all night long as it low in the south-east as the sky darkens. The meteor shower occurs every year when Earth moves through the trail of its orbit.

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