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Look up tonight to see the dazzling Perseid meteor shower

The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND SOCIETY SCI TECH)

Look up tonight to see the dazzling Perseid meteor shower

Tonight’s the night if you want to witness up to 100 meteors per hour in a stunning display against a backdrop of dark skies.

Look up tonight to see the dazzling Perseid meteor shower

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower is set to peak tonight, (Wednesday) and tomorrow night according to astronomers.

Due to a lucky alignment of the heavens, the usually spectacular shower will be even more incredible as it is peaking the day before a new moon. This means the skies will be darker than usual. Look up at 11:30 am – Midnight AEST to catch a glimpse of this spectacular sight.

Sky gazers are advised to search for a dark area, far from the bright city lights then face northeast in order to have the best possibility of spotting a meteor. NASA says to put the mobile phones away though, as they’ll ruin the experience – relaxed eyes will quickly adjust to the darkness and be able to observe more meteors.

The showers tend to come in spurts, so be patient if nothing seems to happening initially. The meteors will arrive in a sudden flurry of activity.

The best bit is no special equipment is required. Just set up a comfortable seat in the darkness, and look up.

Oh, and don’t forget to post your pics or videos! We’d love to see them.

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