(WTVM) - The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight and early Friday morning, and it is going to be quite the show!
The show this year is expected to be even better than in years past, thanks in part to a once-in-a-decade meteor "outburst."
The Perseid shower shows up every August, dazzling stargazers with an average of 100 meteors an hour. According to NASA, the rate could be double this year.
In a typical year, a stargazer could expect to see about 60 meteors per hour – about one a minute – if they were away from city lights.
Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, says that 160-200 per hour can be expected this year. The best time for viewing will be in the early morning hours Friday after the moon sets around 1 a.m. EST.
The best viewing will continue until just before dawn. You will be able to see meteors anywhere in the sky, but they will seem to originate from the constellation Persus in the northeastern sky.
No special equipment is needed for viewing meteors, which are sometimes called shooting stars. The biggest issues residents of the Chattahoochee Valley will face will be clouds – with a mostly cloudy sky expected across the area tonight.
Have the WTVM weather app handy (on the radar, there is a satellite (cloud) layer you can turn on!) to get the latest hour by hour forecast tonight.
You can also watch NASA live stream of the meteor shower below or by clicking here: