By Slooh and Daniel White
August 10, 2016

What may be the best meteor shower to view this year is peaking this week.

A favorite of many stargazers, the Perseids meteor shower is underway and will be at its peak over the next few days, with meteors visible to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere. Those who want to catch the astronomical event from indoors can watch a four-hour stream on Thursday night via Slooh, a space broadcasting website, which will feature astronomy and meteorology experts. About 50 to 60 meteors will be visible every hour during the event.

“With December’s Geminids spoiled by a full moon, these Perseids will be the best shower of 2016,” astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement.

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The Perseids have been watched for millennia, and were first observed by Chinese astronomers in 36 A.D.

The stream will go live on Thursday at 8 p.m. EST via the video above.

Slooh is a TIME partner. You can go to to join and watch this live broadcast, snap and share your own photos during the event, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.

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