Updated 8/11/2017

The Perseid meteor shower that annually takes place during the month of August is said to be reaching its peak Saturday night.

NASA says the meteors are fast and bright, frequently leaving long “wakes” of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth’s atmosphere.

The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers with between 50 and 100 each hour, but has increased to about 150 per hour this year. They occur with warm, summer nighttime weather.

The best time to see them is between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. overnight Saturday into early Sunday morning.

To see them best, find an area well away from city or street lights and set up where you’re shadowed from the moon’s glare.

After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt, and you’ll begin to see fainter objects, including meteors. The show will last until dawn.