Prepare for a barrage of shooting stars as the 2013 Perseid meteor shower is underway.

NASA estimates that observers may view up to 60 meteors per hour as the celestial fireworks show peaks Monday and Tuesday. reported that the best hours to observe in North Carolina will be from 11 p.m. Sunday to early Monday morning.

North Carolinians are likely to see the most meteors around 4-5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting, according to WRAL-TV.

Humans around the world have witnessed the Perseid meteor shower every August for at least 2,000 years, with dozens of meteors streaking across the sky each hour.

Your view is best after midnight until just before sunrise. Get away from city lights, if possible, for the full effect. A waning crescent moon means less light in the sky to compete with the meteor display. Next year’s show will be dimmed by a full moon.


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