Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

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AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- If you're a stargazer, you won't want to miss the peak of the Perseid meteor shower this weekend. The Perseid meteor shower began in July and will last until August 24th, but the peak of the shower will be Friday through Sunday. Meteor rates will be as high as 80 per hour!

The best time to go outside and watch the show will be right after dark when the moon is still low in the sky. You can still see meteors after midnight, but they will be harder to see since the Moon will be high in the sky and shining bright. One other factor that could limit the amount of meteors you see is cloud cover. Friday night looks overcast, but it looks like skies will clear out enough by Saturday night for the CSRA to view the show.

Try to get in a open area that is not obstructed by buildings and trees to get a clear view of the sky. If you can help it, avoid the city since light pollution makes the meteors harder to see. The most important thing while looking for meteors is patience!

The Perseid meteor shower is an exciting event every year because it is one of the biggest meteor showers. The night sky is lit up with meteors during this time of year when Earth passes through the orbit of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. Debris from the comet enters Earth's atmosphere at speeds over 25,000 mph and burns up as it passes through Earth's mesosphere, which is roughly 30-55 miles high. This is what creates what is commonly referred to as a 'shooting star'.

Happy gazing!

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