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Look up: Super moon and meteor shower both happening Sunday

Get ready for a show in the sky on Sunday, when a meteor shower and super moon will both light up the Northern Hemisphere.

The annual Perseid meteor shower could entertain us with as many as 100 shooting stars an hour; it's expected to peak between Aug. 10 and 13, then last for one week. The Perseid shower is created when debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet hits the Earth's atmosphere. The super moon, which happens four to six times a year, occurs when the moon is 30,000 miles closer to Earth than usual.

Astronomer Tony Berendsen told ABC News that the best time to see the showers is at 2 a.m. "Because the moon will be incredibly bright in the earlier evening, the smaller showers will not be a match," he said.

Viewing the meteor shower doesn't require any fancy equipment, Berendsen said. "All you need is your eyes."