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Dark Night Of The Perseids

from Pioneer Press

Sky Watch: This year’s Perseid meteor shower should impress

By Mike Lynch

One of the best meteor showers of the year will light up the night sky this week. The Perseid meteor shower will peak Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, but the meteor viewing should be pretty good most of the week.

Last year, the Perseids gave a lousy show because the sky was whitewashed by a full moon. This year, the sky will be a lot darker, thanks to a thin crescent moon rising after midnight.

Even if you’re stuck watching the Perseids from an urban or suburban location, you still should be able to see a decent number of “shooting stars.” But if you can get into the country where there is a dark backdrop, you should be able to see as many as 60 meteors per hour.

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Posted on August 12, 2015 by Editor

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