NASA: Perseid meteor shower to light up sky on August 11, 12

CINCINNATI - If you're looking for a show, check out the sky this weekend.

According to NASA, the best time to watch the Perseid meteor shower will be during the night and early-morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 11 and Monday, Aug. 12. Officials said a crescent moon will set shortly after midnight and leave the skies dark for the best viewing until dawn.

Depending on the local conditions, the Perseids can be seen as early as 10 p.m. each day.

It's recommended to find an area away from city or street lights. NASA said watchers should come prepared with sleeping bags, blankets or lawn chairs to get a comfortable view of the sky.

To be able to take in as much of the sky as possible, lie flat on your back with your feet facing the northeast.

The Perseids are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which has been observed for the last 2,000 years.

According to NASA, the comet orbits the sun once every 133 years. The Earth tends to pass through cloud debris -- composed of ice and dust -- during the month of August.

To read more about the 2013 viewing, visit: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/perseids.cfm

For an idea of what the shower will look like, watch this NASA video (mobile users: http://bit.ly/18gwLM9):

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