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Perseid meteor shower – best in hours before dawn

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These meteors are often bright and leave persistent trains. On the morning of August 11, 12 and 13, the moon will be a waning crescent, and the meteors should be flying at a rate closer to their peak of 50 or 60 meteors per hour. And on August 11, 12 and 13 – the moon will be sweeping past the brightest planets Venus and Jupiter in the eastern predawn sky. You can’t ask for more!

The Perseids often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. The next few nights fingers crossed will be clear. Meteorites and fireworks to end the Olympics.

EarthSky’s Meteor Shower Guide

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