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If skies clear, see the Perseid meteors tonight

FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:

Tonight will be Marylanders’ best opportunity to view the annual Perseid meteor shower, if skies clear off. The Perseids occur each year as the Earth’s orbit carries it through the dusty trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Like bugs on the windshield, comet dust strikes the atmosphere at high speed, creating streaks of light — up to 100/hour — as friction heats the air around them. Best times: midnight to dawn. The moon is just past new, so moonlight will not interfere.

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