Perseid Meteor Shower Returns August 12 and 13

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Forget the starlight, star bright -- you can actually see a meteor shower tomorrow night.

The Perseid meteor shower, named for its origin in the Perseus constellation, is an annual night-sky spectacle appearing every summer when the Earth passes by the Swift-Tuttle Comet.

This week the shower is expected to be at peak visibility during the wee hours of Tuesday and Wednesday, August 12 and 13, making it one weeknight show worth staying up late for.

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That's not to say there isn't some good new and some bad news. This year the Perseid meteor shower just so happens to be at the same time as one of the biggest and brightest moons of the year, which was in its fullest phase on Sunday, August 10.

As a result of this supermoon, the usual shower of roughly 100 shooting stars per hour will not be as visible this year. However, stargazers throughout the northern hemisphere can still catch a glimpse of the show without any special equipment. The best time to the view the shower is between moonset and morning twilight, which is about 2 a.m.

Happy viewing.

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