How to Watch Sunday Night's Perseid Meteor Shower-Online or In Person

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And if you thought the video above looked attractive, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August). Perseid peaks on a Moonless summer night from 4 p.m. EST on August 12 (today) until 4 a.m. EST on August 13 (Monday).

"This shower is named after the constellation Perseus, from which the meteors appear to come from in the sky". Tonight, there will be a few clouds around, but you should still be able to see the meteors!

"Every year in August, we sort of sweep through the leftovers of that comet and the tiny little particles that it left behind enter into the Earth's atmosphere", explains Brar.

They arise when the Earth passes through the debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

Every year, meteor showers become visible from Earth - weather and light pollution permitting.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

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Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an global group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the southern town of Foca.

And you don't need to be an astronomer to get a good view. There is also a parade of planets visible!

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

The NASA live stream will be hosted on the official NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page from 3am United Kingdom time.

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