Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

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But if it is cloudy, you will not be able to see the meteor shower.

This year's Perseid shower-as well as other meteor showers that happen to be drifting through the sky-promises to be particularly impressive, because the new moon will be incredibly faint, meaning the meteors will have center stage.

In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity".

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells CBS News of the weekend chances to see meteors.

The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus which will be in the northeast sky.

A clear sky could make way for an incredible natural show of streaking fireball meteors and so far, (as of Friday afternoon) the forecast is looking flawless!

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Locally, Natural Bridge is offering an opportunity to watch the meteor shower between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is taking place this weekend.

According to the Sun, the cosmic event, nicknamed the "fiery tears of Saint Lawrence", occurs when the Earth moves through the trail of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet. "Under ideal conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour".

The astronomy expert said: "They should be much easier to see as they will be visible all across the sky everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere".

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower. Those tiny bits of debris, traveling at around 132,000 miles per hour, create vivid streaks of light when they collide with Earth's atmosphere. All you have to do is look up into the night sky with as many as 60 meteors per hour.

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