You don't have to wait over a week for the total solar eclipse to see something cool in the sky. The Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend!
This is an annual event that occurs across in the skies in the Northern Hemisphere from July 17th through August 24th. The Perseid meteor shower is created as the earth passes through the dust and debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The peak - when Earth travels through the dustiest part of the path - will occur this year on August 12th.
Meteors can be visible at a rate of 80 to 100 per hour during this particular shower, which is about one to two meteors every minute. This year's intensity will be masked by a three-quarters full Moon this weekend. The rate will be reduced to 40 to 50 meteors per hour.
Even though the rates will be about half of what they normally are sky conditions look to cooperate for viewing, especially Saturday night. For the best viewing get away from the city lights and look away from the Moon. It takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust.
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