Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky tonight


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The most bright of meteor showers is expected to peak overnight.

The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower, according to Spectators can expect to see 10-15 Perseids per hour — a number less than normal due to a full moon which will "wash out" the sky.

"Unfortunately, the moon will be very close to full on the night of the peak, which will wash out the fainter Perseids," Bill Cooke who works for NASA, told "The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so you'll still see Perseids; you just won't see the show you've seen on nights when the moon has not been around."

In years where there has been no moonlight, spectators were able to see between 150-200 meteors an hour.

Additionally, with storms moving in to central Indiana, it may make it tough to see. However, the Perseids will be visible beginning at 10 p.m. until dawn, so you may be able to catch some as the weather moves through.

To see the most meteors, go to a dark location, let your eyes adjust to the night sky and enjoy the show.