The Perseid meteor shower will illuminate the night sky.

The Perseid meteor shower is set to light up the night skies, making it one of the year's highlights for stargazers.

Up to 150 shooting stars per hour are expected to streak through the sky in the early hours of Saturday.

The display is caused by Earth colliding with comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle debris in July and August of each year.

The shower is considered one of the best of the year because it produces bright meteors and is one of the most active.

There is also a good chance of seeing fireballs, which are very bright meteors with long trains.

This year's peak coincides with the full moon, so light conditions are unlikely to be ideal.

The full moon in August is also known as the Sturgeon Moon, so named by North American fishing tribes because the species increased in population during this month.

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