Best meteor shower of the year is on the horizon -- here's what to know
We have some good news: The best meteor shower of the year is upon us. The meteor shower usually has rates of more than 60 meteors per hour to the naked eye. This year, unfortunately, theres a full moon right at the shower peak, which means that rate of 60 decreases to about 15-20. On Sunday night, the moon will set about 3 a.m., allowing for about an hour of dark sky to catch the fireballs. Catch a live broadcast of the meteor shower on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page.
Perseid meteor shower begins Aug. 2
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada. (CNN) - Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world between August 2 and August 4. The Perseids will also overlap with the Delta Aquariids meteor shower. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower. If you live in an urban area, you might want to take a drive to avoid city lights, which can make the meteor shower seem faint.