Theeey're heeere!

The famous Perseid meteor shower is back, thanks to the debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. You probably have seen a few streaks across the early morning skies since July, but for us on the SouthCoast, this weekend promises to be an exciting free show with 50 to 60 meteors per hour.

Make plans to stay up late or wake up early the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. These meteors are best seen around here, weather permitting, between 2 a.m. and dawn. If those hours are a bit too daunting for the kids, you'll see some Perseids after 9 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to get the kids interested in science while they enjoy some celestial fireworks. No special equipment or binoculars are needed, but bug spray is always good to have on hand, and some snacks, Maybe some Mars Bars or Milky Ways?

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos.