From Flickr user Dominic Alves: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dominicspics/4915686724

Later tonight, the earth is going to be hit by a bunch of garbage.

No, it's not another Twitter meltdown by Tinder: Rather, tonight at 2 A.M., the annual Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak.

Technically, the shower has been going on all month as the Earth moves through a cloud of debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. But it will reach its peak intensity Thursday morning at about 2 a.m. EDT. In addition, the moon is just a thin crescent tonight and will set early in the evening, which means less competition for light and a better chance to see the meteors.

Light is the main thing to worry about interfering with enjoyment of the meteor shower. If you live in a city or a large town, hit the road and drive away from civilization for a spell. When the sky has even more tiny white dots in it than usual, you've hit a good spot.

The other thing that can keep you from seeing the meteors is clouds. Sorry, no getting around clouds.

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If you are stymied by clouds or bright lights, just remember what I wrote earlier: Meteors are literally someone else's burning garbage falling from the sky.

But if the skies are clear, enjoy a lovely evening of stellar enchantment.