A sky-watcher's annual delight, the Perseid meteor shower, is now reaching its peak in the night skies.
The shower every August displays up to 60 meteors an hour across the summer skies. Showtime begins about an hour or so before midnight. The best viewing is just before dawn.
Viewers across the Midlands can begin watching now, with the peak times coming Sunday night into Monday morning and Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Experts say 2013 should be a good year for the Perseids because a crescent moon will be setting when the shower is gearing up.
The meteors, which have been observed for at least 2,000 years, appear to fall from the constellation Perseus, but are actually leftover debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. They recur each year when Earth passes through the comet's debris trail.
The best way to observe the meteor shower? Find a dark place outside city lights, give your eyes a few minutes to adjust, look to the northeast and be patient.