As a precursor to this month’s solar eclipse, a meteor shower will flash through the night sky Friday and early Saturday.
The Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak Friday night at midnight, when about 150 meteors per hour are expected, according to a NASA blog post. They will be visible from the Kansas City region, although a bright moon will cancel out the light of some of the dimmer meteor flashes.
The weather Friday night is forecast to be mostly clear, making for nearly optimal viewing.
Optimal viewing locations are outside urban hubs, where city lights wash out some of the meteors.
The shower will move through the northeast and zenith (directly overhead) part of the sky, according to timeanddate.com, which also has a handy directional chart of the shower by hour through Saturday morning at 6 a.m.