Perseid meteors, upper left, streak past time-lapse-captured stars early morning on Aug. 13, 2013 north of Cheyenne , Wyo.
Blaline McCartney—AP
By Victor Luckerson
August 8, 2015

Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower Live

Armchair astronomers, get ready. One of the best meteor showers of the year is coming in just a few days.

The Perseid meteor shower will be lighting up the night sky starting Wednesday. The annual display could fill the sky with as many as 100 meteors per hour during its peak, according to NASA. This year the shower is peaking just before a new moon, so meteors will appear especially bright on the background of darkness.

Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 will be the ideal nights to catch the Perseids. NASA advises viewers to get as far away from city lights as possible and to keep the binoculars and telescopes at home as the meteors are easiest to see when taking in the whole sky. Also, don’t look at your cell phone. The bright screen will delay your eyes’ ability to get accustomed to the dark.

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