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Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, Coincides With New Moon

Fred Bruenjes / NASA

Astronomer Fred Bruenjes recorded a series of many 30 second long exposures spanning about six hours on the night of Aug. 11 and early morning of Aug. 12, 2004 using a wide angle lens.

Fred Bruenjes / NASA

The Perseid meteor shower is slated to peak tonight, Aug. 12, lasting from around midnight until dawn breaks the morning of Aug. 13.

The Perseids peak every year around mid-August. Last year's Perseids peaked during the bright Super Moon, making them difficult to view.

This year's shower coincides with a new moon. According to NASA, this will make the shower's peak much easier to view due to the lack of moonlight obscuring the shooting stars.

Those looking to watch the shower need to get out of urban areas in order to avoid light pollution. Viewers should also avoid using binoculars and telescopes, as these make it more difficult to catch sight of the quick-moving meteors.

NASA expects the Perseids' peak meteor count to be as high as 100 meteors an hour. They list the Persieds in August and the Gemenids in December as the two best showers to watch.

NASA will be broadcasting a live event from 10 p.m. Aug. 12 to 2 a.m. Aug. 13 about the shower and the science surrounding it on NASA TV and on their U-Stream channel.