The Perseid meteor shower this August 2013 offered an amazing light show on Monday night, with star-gazers around the world catching the shooting star spectacular to late in the night.
The meteor shower show continues on Tuesday night, and although Monday night was expected to be the more dramatic with more than 60 shooting stars an hour, tonight should also peak at dozens of meteors visible to the naked eye every hour.
The meteor shower can be seen from various places across the country, and indeed the world, but can also be watched online through live stream via the video player below provided by NASA through Ustream (details below).
The Perseid meteor shower takes place every year as the Earth passes through debris from an old comet, "Swift Tuttle." The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most popular among star-gazers each year as it's during the summer and many love to sit outside and watch the amazing light show in the warm nights.
This year the meteor shower actually peaked through the nights of Aug. 11 and 12, but the nights either side should still see dozens of meteors in the sky. On Aug. 12 in some areas there were up to 100 meteors per hour seen.
Sky-gazers are advised that the best time for the showers is early in the morning in the eastern sky. At about 2.30 a.m. ET will see the most intense period of the shower and should continue through to sunrise.
It is advised to try and watch from a place as dark as possible to get the greatest affects, so people should try and get away from city lights and suburban areas if they want to see the show more clearly and spectacularly. If you are planning to watch from your backyard then again make sure you turn off your home lights and try and let your eyes adjust to the dark by looking up into the dark sky for a few minutes.
The meteor shower can be seen from various places across the country but can also be watched online through live stream via the NASA video player on Ustream below:
Here is a video of last year's 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower: