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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

Above, a chunk of the meteor that created Arizona's Meteor Crater. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Budding astronomers and stargazers will be in for a big treat this weekend.

Travel + Leisure reported:

Save all your wishes for this weekend. Shooting stars could happen every minute.
From Aug.11–13, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour. The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning. 
This weekend’s show is expected to be particularly spectacular. The Perseids happen every year, but this year’s crescent moon will make the sky darker, allowing the meteors to shine. 
If you’re planning on watching the Perseid meteor shower, bear in mind that it will take at least 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. The longer you’re outside in the dark, the better your vision of the meteors will be. The best time to be outside to catch the peak is between midnight and dawn. Stargazers won’t need to look at any particular point in the sky to catch a glimpse of a shooting meteor. They should be everywhere.

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