Meteor Shower Visible Overnight

This photo released by the Brazilian state of Alagoas government, shows an aerial view of a flooded area of Jacuipe, in northeastern Alagoas state, Brazil, June 21, 2010. AP Photo

If you can stay up late enough tonight -- or get up early enough tomorrow morning -- a major meteor shower will be visible. And you won't need a telescope to see it.

The Perseid meteor shower, emanating in the northeast sky, comes around every year. It's one of six major meteor showers per year.

The two-week shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, because the meteors appear to emanate from a point within Perseus.

Viewers may be able to see more than 60 meteors per hour between midnight and dawn away from city lights.

You should find a dark site with a wide view of the sky, lie back on a reclining chair and gaze straight up.


  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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