The Perseids meteor shower is the brightest show in the sky this week.
According to ABC News, the meteor shower is expected to reach its peak early Thursday (August 13) at 4 a.m. ET. As many as 100 meteors per hour, or about one to two per minute, will be visibly streaking across the night sky during this time.
NASA suggests looking toward the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus in the northeastern part of the sky to better view the spectacular show.
If you will miss the early Thursday morning shower, at least a handful of meteors between the hours of midnight and dawn will still be visible on Aug. 11, 12, 13, and 14, according to Business Insider.
It was previously reported that this year’s Perseids meteor showers will be particularly brighter this year unlike in 2014 when the Perseid meteor shower had a “Super Moon” as competition. This year, it takes place around the same time as this month’s new moon on Aug. 14.
Business Insider added NASA offers a live broadcast of the Perseid meteor shower beginning Aug. 12 at 10 pm ET through to 2 am, Aug 13.
According to NASA, the Perseids meteor shower is the result of space debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet striking the Earth’s atmosphere. When Earth passes through a cloud of the comet’s debris each year in August, small bits of comet dust enter our atmosphere. As the dust fall into pieces, it creates the bright streaks that light up the sky.
For at least 2,000 years, the Perseids have been observed and are associated with the Swift-Tuttle comet orbiting around the sun once every 133 years. Comet Swift-Tuttle is about 16 miles across and each time it makes its way to the inner solar system, it passes close to Earth, Business Insider wrote. Astronomers predict that the next time this comet will pass close the Earth will be in the year 4479.