Perseid 2013: Meteor Shower Reaching Its Peak

By: (Posted by Ariana Cohen)
By: (Posted by Ariana Cohen)
Watch the skies after dark, and if you

A composite image shows Comet Holmes' movement over the last 48 hours on Saturday Oct. 27 2007 on the left and Monday Oct. 29 2007 on the right in the Northeastern night sky in the constellation Perseus, taken in Tyler, Texas. The comet suprised astronomers last week by becoming suddenly visible and now it's surrounding gas cloud continues increasing in brightness and size and is visible to the unaided eye. (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

Watch the skies after dark, and if you're lucky, you'll see a firework spray of light.

This year's annual Perseid meteor shower will peak overnight Sunday and into Monday, and as many as a hundred meteors will blaze through the sky every hour.

The streaks of light, created by leftover bits of comet, can be spotted from Chicago to California. According to NASA, the Perseid meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other meteor shower.

NASA scientists advise stargazers to find an open sky, as the meteors shoot across from all directions, according to Viewers should also find a sky as dark as possible.

"Again, it is important to be far way from artificial lights. Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow for plenty of time for your eyes to dark-adapt," NASA says.

Don't have access to a clear, dark sky? NASA is also live streaming the celestial event online.

The Perseid meteors appear to radiate out of the constellation Perseus, hence the name.

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