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The Meteor Shower Happening This Week Is Huge—Here’s How To Watch It

Who's planning to stay up late tonight to watch this?

Have you ever seen the Perseid Meteor Shower? I must admit I haven’t, since I’m usually inside at night watching the Giants game. Nonetheless, it’s an annual event—gracing the heavens every summer with 50 to 100 meteors per hour. This year, a bonus: NASA scientists say we could see an “outburst” of 150 to 200 per hour.

TheIndyChannel says Perseid peak time should be late Thursday night, August 10, with the moon setting close to 1 a.m. ET (Clear skies help, too, and are predicted for much of the West and in parts of the Midwest and the Plains.)

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Earth passes through the path of the Comet Swift Tuttle every year between mid- to late-July and late August. The meteors we see are actually dust particles that remain after the comet passes. Thursday night will be when Earth moves through the “dustiest” part of the comet trail.

To view the meteors in action, get away from cities and other artificial lights and look to the north. It’ll be even darker once the moon sets for the night. If all factors are optimal, (clear sky, low light) you should see two to three meteors per minute! Here’s how it looked three years ago.

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