The Perseid meteor shower will sparkle across the night sky in the wee hours of Friday, and people lucky enough to live far from the glow of city lights will be able to see as many as 75 meteors an hour. Perseids offer the most spectacular show, and this year’s will be above average, thanks to the new moon and the Earth passing through a more concentrated swath of dust left by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The meteors appear as though they are emerging from a patch of the sky containing the constellation Perseus – hence the name. That constellation is high enough in the night sky by midnight Thursday to begin the show, but best viewing in our area will be between around 2 – 5 a.m. If you miss the show early Friday morning, plenty of meteors will still be visible at about the same times early Saturday morning. Look to the northeast!