Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here

The brightest annual meteor shower is about to light up our night sky.

The Perseids meteor shower will peak on Monday night, as thousands of meteors streak across the sky.

What Is The Perseids?

Between July and August every year, Earth travels through the orbital debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Ice and dust from the comet burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

It is called Perseids because of direction they appear to hail -- the radiant -- from is in the constellation Perseus.

"With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long "wakes" of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere," NASA said.

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The Perseids has been somewhat visible since July 14 and will last until August 24.

Tonight (between August 12-13) will be the best time to see it this year.

Fireballs from the Perseids will also add to the drama, of what NASA calls "best meteor shower of the year".

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The comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun every 133 years, but Earth can expect a near-miss in 2126.

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How To Spot Perseids?

The good news -- you don't need any special equipment to see it.

The bad news -- you're going to have to forfeit precious sleep to see it at its peak.

NASA said the shower will be visible from 10pm, but will be at its most spectacular between 2am and 6.30am, when the moon has set.

It can be seen if you are looking towards the horizon in the north-east, and be it is as dark where you are as possible, so avoid city lights (if you can).

Be patient, it can take a while for your eyes to adjust!

But it is worth the effort, with up to 100 meteors an hour expected to streak across the sky.

If you miss it this year, you can always wait until next August.