The Perseid meteor shower, a midsummer favorite of stargazers, is likely to light up the moonless skies over Japan on Monday night when it peaks, according to the national observatory. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan said the moon will set around 9 p.m. Monday. This will make it possible, weather permitting, to see the celestial display at its best.

The meteors will appear to be radiating from Perseus, a constellation in the northeast. They will show up soon after sunset and intensify around midnight, the observatory said.

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