Perseid 2013: Meteor shower reaching its peak

Watch the skies after dark, and if you're lucky, you'll see a firework spray of light.

This year's annual Perseid meteor shower will peak overnight Sunday and into Monday, and as many as a hundred meteors will blaze through the sky every hour.

The streaks of light, created by leftover bits of comet, can be spotted from Chicago to California. According to NASA, the Perseid meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other meteor shower.

NASA scientists advise stargazers to find an open sky, as the meteors shoot across from all directions, according to Space.com. Viewers should also find a sky as dark as possible.

"Again, it is important to be far way from artificial lights. Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow for plenty of time for your eyes to dark-adapt," NASA says.

Don't have access to a clear, dark sky? NASA is also live streaming the celestial event online.

The Perseid meteors appear to radiate out of the constellation Perseus, hence the name.

In this photo taken with long shutter speed, a meteor sparks, lower right, while entering the earth's atmosphere behind an olive tree during the Perseids Meteor Shower, in Fanos village, central Greece, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.
In this photo taken with long shutter speed, a meteor sparks, lower right, while entering the earth's atmosphere behind an olive tree during the Perseids meteor shower, in Fanos village, central Greece, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.
AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

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