Perseid meteor shower peaks Tuesday night

Perseid meteor shower brightens the night sky

Tuesday night is the night for peak viewing of the Perseid meteor shower.

The most meteors will be seen in the late hours Tuesday night into early Wednesday, according to CNN.

At the same time, the moon will be in its last quarter phase, or what is considered a bright half-moon.

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If it weren’t for the moon’s brightness, stargazers would be able to see more than 60 meteors an hour. Instead, they’ll see between 15 and 20 an hour, NASA said.

It rises around midnight.

The meteor shower is caused by debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, according to NASA.

If you can’t see the Perseids because of the weather, NASA has you covered.

You can see a live stream on its Meteor Watch Facebook page starting at 9 p.m. EDT.

Heads up, Earthlings! The annual Perseid meteor shower is at its peak this week. If you can––go outside and look up. If...

Posted by NASA Meteor Watch on Monday, August 10, 2020

To see the meteors with your own eyes, and not over the internet, you won’t need any special equipment. Just stay away from bright lights, lie down and look up. Telescopes and binoculars are not needed and will actually make you miss the show since they have a small field of view, NASA said.