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Look up! The Perseid meteor shower is coming this weekend!

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In this photo taken with long exposure, stars and Perseid meteors streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower above a silhouette of a roadside billboard of a Spanish fighting bull. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) In this photo taken with long exposure, stars and Perseid meteors streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower above a silhouette of a roadside billboard of a Spanish fighting bull. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

(MEREDITH) -- August 12th. Mark your calendar! That’s when the Perseid Meteor Shower will take place!

This meteor shower takes place every year between July 17 and August 12, peaking around August 9-13.

But don't be fooled. Many places are reporting that this year will be the brightest in human history. That's proven to be false.

Mobile Users Click Here To See A Full Photo Of The Meteor Shower.

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

When to view it

Scientist say the best time to view the Perseid Meteor Shower is when the night sky is darkest, which is typically right before dawn.

Where to look

To best catch a glimpse of these shooting stars, look straight up (the zenith) and then to the northeastern section of the sky. 

Facts about the Perseid Meteor Shower

  • The Perseid Meteor Shower usually averages about 80-100 meteors per hour, but this year, it's expected to top out at 150 per hour.
  • 1833's Perseid Meteor Shower had tens of thousands, maybe even 100,000 meteors per hour.

Information in this article was provided by Physics-Astronomy.com and NASA.gov.

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