RED BANK, NJ: The Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak tonight, Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12.

Find a dark location and you’ll see a considerate amount of shooting stars, maybe even a couple of fireballs.

The August moon will be in a waning phase so stargazers will be able to see some Perseids for 10 or more days after the peak.

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The best time to see these shooting stars are after midnight until dawn.

“The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years.  Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris.  These bits of ice and dust -- most over 1,000 years old -- burn up in the Earth's atmosphere to create one of the best meteor showers of the year, said Bill Cooke from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in a NASA chart article.

To watch a NASA video on “What's up in the night sky this August?,” and learn when and where to look, click HERE.

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