Meteor Shower Peaks Wednesday Night

 Mother Nature is giving away a free show Wednesday night- the Perseids meteor shower.

The Perseids meteor shower happens every August, but Michael Mendillo, an astronomy professor at Boston University, says it will dazzle more than any other since the 1990s.

"The moon is not full so the sky is not bright, and you're able to see these faint flashes. There are a couple a minute predicted to happen," Mendillo explained.

So what is a meteor shower?

"A meteor shower is a bunch of debris, entering into the earth's atmosphere," Mendillo said. "They're little dust grains pea-sized material and we're in the tail of a comet that passed by."

When earth crosses the comet's orbit, the debris enters our atmosphere and burst into flames, creating what we know as "shooting stars".

So when should you watch?

"The best time is the toughest time, a few hours before sunrise," Mendillo said.

The shower peaks between 1 and 4 a.m. The best way to watch a meteor shower is to find an open area. This particular one is happening in the northeast so you want to look that way from a place that doesn't have many city lights.

If you go outside and watch it, send your photos and videos to

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