Perseid meteor shower

PHOENIX (Arizona's Weather Authority) -- It is a big week for stargazers, and the weather is cooperating with clear skies over the Phoenix area for the next few days. The Perseid meteor shower is peaking this week, and it is an event you don't want to miss.

The best places to spot the shooting stars are in areas that don't have any light pollution; it would be best to get outside the city.

This week we also have a full moon that will hamper the visibility, but if you wake up early in the morning -- before sunrise -- you will get a good show.

Set your alarm

About an hour before sunrise -- which is at 5:48 a.m. -- would be prime viewing time because the moon will be low on the horizon. We have the potential of seeing dozens of Perseid meteors per hour.

Perseid meteor shower

Meteors are pieces of asteroids that are floating in space. Once they enter our atmosphere, they burn bright streaks in the night sky that are visible to the naked eye. You don't need a telescope.

"Perseid meteors, caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, began streaking across the skies in late July and will peak on the night of August 12," according to NASA's blog.

So set your alarm early and take the family out to catch the show this week.

If you get some great pictures, please share them with us on our Arizona Weather Authority page.

CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton keeps you up-to-date on the Valley's forecast weekdays on CBS 5 News at 5, 6:30 and 10 p.m.  Helping the community is also important to Paul as he as spearheads the yearly Pay it Forward Car Wash that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.

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