How you can see the 2014 Perseid meteor shower August 10 through 13

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The 2014 Perseid meteor shower peaks between Sunday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 13.

The Perseid meteor shower happens every August and it is one of the brighter meteor showers of the year. It is made up of space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Dozens of meteors streak across the sky each hour during the Perseid meteor shower.

The full moon, which is also a supermoon in August 2014, could make it difficult to see all but the brightest meteors visible in the night sky.

Related: How and when you can see the August 2014 supermoon

The best time for watching is after midnight, and experts say the peak viewing is likely to happen just before dawn when the moon is setting and the sky is at its darkest. It also helps to be away from city and artificial lights if possible. If you can see the Little Dipper constellation, your chosen viewing site is probably dark enough according to stardate.org.

The Perseids are primarily visible between the northeastern part of the sky and the point straight above you. They fly across the sky in various directions according to earthsky.org.

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower peaks the night of Tuesday, August 12 but it is expected to be most visible in the pre-dawn hours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11, 12 and 13.

The Slooh Observatory has also planned a live streaming event called “The Perseids Sensation” that is set for 6 p.m. Central time Tuesday, August 12, 2014. To watch it, click here.

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