Perseid meteor shower to peak this week

Cooler temps expected overnight, sunny skies with some humidity on Sunday

The Best Spots To Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in the Bay Area

Goetz says they will observe The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn before the meteors show up after sunset.

The meteors began to hit the nightsky on July 17 and will continue until August 24.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to the best views, provided they can escape the light pollution from towns and cities.

But it is worth the effort, with up to 100 meteors an hour expected to streak across the sky. These start around late July and will peak on August 12 night to August 13.

The Perseids occur as a result of Earth passing through the path of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it orbits the sun.

Fireballs from the Perseids will also add to the drama, of what NASA calls "best meteor shower of the year". The moon will frustrate proceedings somewhat as a full moon is due on Thursday, meaning the sky will likely be washed out for the majority of viewers, but fear not, as the Perseids have an ace up their sleeve.

Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, is when it will be at its best. The Perseids are best seen between about 2 am local time and dawn, according to the space agency. The Perseids are visible all over the sky.

However, a close-to-full moon during the week (August 15) means the sky will not be dark enough to fully enjoy its peak.

In previous years, where the moonlight was not prevalent, one could catch over 150 meteors per hour during their peaks but because of the bright moonlight this year we could expect to see around 20 meteors an hour. According to the NASA website, the space agency plans to have a live broadcast from a camera in Huntsville, Alambama.

This will be shown on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting.

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