This is a great weekend to get out of the city and do some star gazing. The Perseid meteor shower will peak between midnight and dawn tomorrow and Sunday. About 150 meteors per hour will be visible shooting across the sky. This year a gibbous moon will rise on Saturday at about 11:00pm. With 71% of the lunar surface still lit, the glow will wash out the fainter meteors. For your best chance at seeing meteors, head away from city lights and allow 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. The Perseid meteor shower is from the Earth approaching the dusty debris left over from the comet Swift-Tuttle.
Story contributions: Gary Boyle – The Backyard Astronomer – www.wondersofastronomy
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