The Perseid meteor shower is reaching its peak this year, and it started Sunday night and will run into Monday morning.
For those in North America, there is a live stream one can watch of the meteors.
It is estimated that several hundred meteors will shoot through the sky per hour. NASA has said the Perseid meteor produces the most sky fireballs than any other meteor shower.
“Again, it is important to be far way from artificial lights. Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow for plenty of time for your eyes to dark-adapt,” NASA said.
The Perseid meteor shower takes place during August of each year while the Earth passes through dust and debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle.
“Comet Swift-Tuttle won’t be visiting our neck of the woods again until the year 2125, but every year we get this beautiful reminder as the Earth ploughs through the debris it leaves in its orbit,” Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer at Queen’s University Belfast, told the Daily Telegraph. “Every meteor is a speck of comet dust vaporising as it enters our atmosphere at 36 miles per second. What a glorious way to go.”
Those who can’t see the meteor shower in person can watch this live stream. There is also a live feed at NASA’s Ustream page.