Annual Perseid meteor shower putting on a show nightly through late August

The show is expected to peak from Aug. 11-13.
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The Perseid meteor shower, which is considered the best meteor shower of the year, is going on for the next month. 

The annual meteor shower, which features "very fast and bright meteors" that often leave "wakes" of light and color behind them, is one of the most plentiful showers with 50-100 meteors per hour, NASA says

The Perseids are also known for their fireballs, which are larger explosions of light and color that last longer than an average meteor. 

The Perseids (named after the constellation Perseus) show up every year in August as Earth passes through trails of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet. When comet debris hits Earth's atmosphere, it disintegrates in flashes of light, which can be seen from Earth, NASA has explained.

This year, they began July 14 and are visible until Aug. 24. They are expected to peak the night of Aug. 11 and Aug. 13, the Smithsonian Magazine says

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The Perseids are best seen in the Northern Hemisphere in the hours before dawn, though they can be seen as early as 10 p.m. 

If you want to catch them, head away from city lights and look up at the sky, facing toward the constellation Perseus (the meteors appear to shoot from the constellation). 

NASA has a meteor calculator and the International Dark Sky Association has a dark sky finder so you can find the best viewing spot near you. 

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