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A time-lapse photo of the Perseids, taken in Aug. 2013. / Christa Binder, Your Take

People who live in the central U.S. and in California should have the best views of tonight's Perseid meteor shower, typically one of the year's best treats for skywatchers.

Widespread clouds and rain will block the view for most of the eastern third of the country, however, according to AccuWeather.

Parts of the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest will also see plenty of clouds. The best views tonight will be in the northern and central Plains and California.

Peak nights will be tonight and Tuesday night, NASA reports.

To find the meteor shower, look in the constellation Perseus, which is just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation, in the northeastern portion of the sky.

"With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long 'wakes' of light and color behind them as they streak through the Earth's atmosphere," NASA reports.

There are about 50-100 meteors seen per hour at the peak of the shower. Since they occur with warm summer nighttime weather, skywatchers can usually easily view the shower.

This year's show will be muted by the bright moon as it wanes, but some of the Perseids' brighter meteors should still be visible.

Contributing: Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY



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