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Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

By Brad Perry Aug 11, 2023 | 10:36 AM

Saturday night will be a good time to put your phone aside, head outdoors and look up at the sky.

The annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

The shower takes place when Earth moves through the thickest part of debris left over from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

Gary Boyle, also known as The Backyard Astronomer, said we should see 60 to 80 meteors per hour.

“We’re going to have dark sky conditions because the moon will rise at 3 a.m. local time and only be eight per cent lit so it will not cast that glow like we’ve had other years,” Boyle said in an interview.

Boyle said you will want to get away from city lights in order to get the best experience.

If you are busy on Saturday night or the weather does not cooperate, do not worry, said Boyle.

“The entire shower lasts from July 14 to September 1, so even if you are clouded out, you’re bound to see more meteors even before or after the peak,” he said.


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