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The Perseid meteor shower will peak this Thursday

Source: Sky and Telescope Magazine Source: Sky and Telescope Magazine
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A unique and splendid shower will take place this week and peak on Thursday night, August 11th.  No, it is not a rain shower, but rather, the Perseid meteor shower.

If the clouds can stay away, you will be able to see many meteors streak across the sky, with an average of 60 to 90 meteors per hour.  However, experts do claim that as many as 200 meteors per hour will be likely at times as it peaks in the early morning hours on Friday, making for a magnificent view, should the clouds stay away.

The best time to view this annual event will be in the late evening and overnight hours, when civil twilight has passed and skies are completely dark.  Try to get away from any light sources and gaze into the northeastern sky.  With many of you living in rural parts of East Texas, you should have optimal viewing conditions. 

The Perseid meteor shower takes place in mid-August each year as the Earth passes through the debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The good news is that no special equipment is needed.  All you need is just your pair of eyes and a little patience and you can experience this all for yourself.

You can click here for more on the Perseid meteor shower.

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