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August brings Perseid meteor shower

August 12-13 -- Watch for meteors after nightfall and before the bright waning gibbous Moon interferes with the show! Observers may see up to about 60 "shooting stars" per hour from a dark site. You won't need a telescope, just find a dark spot, set up a lounge chair or lay back on a blanket facing generally to the northeast, and enjoy the beauty of the night sky punctuated by the meteoric streaks. The annual meteor shower peaks after midnight Aug. 12 but you may be able to see some Perseid meteors any time from July 23 - August 22.


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