Will clouds ruin your view of tonight's meteor shower?

The skies should clear up after midnight for tonight's Perseid meteor shower, typically one of the year's best treats for skywatchers, but the bright moon might dampen the show.

The skies should clear up after midnight and before dawn on Wednesday, according to 11Alive Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb. However, the bright moon will make it difficult for people to see the shower.

To find the meteor shower, look in the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.

"With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long 'wakes' of light and color behind them as they streak through the Earth's atmosphere," NASA reports.

There are about 50-100 meteors seen per hour at the peak of the shower. Since they occur with warm summer nighttime weather, skywatchers can usually easily view the shower.

This year's show will be muted by the bright moon as it wanes, but some of the Perseids' brighter meteors should still be visible.

Contributing: Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY


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