LOS ANGELES (CNN) — A celestial fireworks show peaks Monday and Tuesday as Earth passes though the dust of a comet’s tail.

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.

The annual sky spectacular happens when our planet’s orbit around the sun passes near Comet Swift-Tuttle’s path, which goes by every 130 years. The last close encounter with the comet was 20 years ago, but it left grains of dust in its wake.

The bright streaks you see are “interplanetary dust” burning up as…

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