WATCH LIVE: Perseid meteor shower should be at its peak overnight

Those facing northeast should have best views

The year's best meteor shower should be tonight and in the wee hours of Wednesday.

"The problem is the nearly full moon -- with 92 percent illumination -- is going to create so much light, that it'll be very hard to see the dozens of meteors per hour. That's too bad, too, because so much of the state's sky will be clear enough to see them otherwise," said 24/7 Meteorologist Matt Makens.

According to NASA, the Perseids should peak with up to 100 visible meteors per hour this evening and into Wednesday morning. NASA.gov will live stream the shower starting at 7:30 p.m. MT. The website says the best viewing will likely be in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.

NASA.gov says, "The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers (50-100 meteors seen per hour) and occurs with warm summer nighttime weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view the shower. Perseids are also known for their fireballs. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak."

Even with the brighter than usual moon, fireballs may be visible.

NASA advises viewers to lie on their backs with feet facing to the northeast. Eyes should adapt to the darkness after about 30 minutes outside, and then the fireballs may be visible.

WATCH LIVE: The 2014 Perseid Meteor Shower below:

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