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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 10 2013

Weather Talk: Tonight is chance to see meteor shower at its peek

Tonight is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. This annual late night light show is the result of a trail of dust and pebbles left in the wake of Comet109P/Swift-Tuttle. The particle trail happens to cross Earth’s orbit, or vice-versa, depending on your perspective.

The moon sets early tonight, so if the sky is clear, there should be lots of shooting stars. Your best bet is to wait until after midnight (2 to 4 a.m. is best), get away from city lights and look in a general northeast direction about a third of the way up from the ground.

At its peak, there should be an average of about one visible meteor a minute.

The Perseid shower is usually one of the most popular of the annual meteor showers because the weather is usually comfortable in August.

If the sky is cloudy tonight or if you forget to look, you can try again late Monday night.


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