Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe

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"If you can get away from the city to a dark sky, you could see as many as one a minute, that would be sort of the higher level", says Brar.

The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour, peaking on Sunday, and setting up a spectacular show for stargazers. This picture, taking in the Milky Way, was taken in Tannourine, LebanonJOSEPH EID/AFP/GETTY IMAGESA girl in Kozjak settles in for the long haul.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus. You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead.

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

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The Perseid meteor shower - the biggest meteor shower of the year - took place over the weekend, as thousands took to social media to share their pictures of the the shooting stars.

"All of these meteor showers are the Earth passing through the debris left behind by a comet earlier", said Roy Gal, associate astronomer with the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The showers appear directly overhead, and on a clear night sky, you could expect to see about 60 meteors per hour. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well! You can see both faint and bright meteors with the naked eye, making for easy viewing.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. The bugs have calmed down, weather is ideal, you'll have a meteor shower to watch and the fire ban has been lifted at Algonquin Park. NASA will be streaming a view from Huntsville, Ala. live on its MeteorWatch Facebook page.

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