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Perseid meteors peak next week

Perseid meteors peak next week

FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:

It’s nearly time to start watching for the annual Perseid meteor shower. The Perseids, dust debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, peak next Thursday night into Friday morning, in the dark of the moon. But activity is already rising, and who knows what the weather will be like next week? If skies clear, you can start looking sooner. Find a dark location and watch between 11 p.m. and dawn. The shower typically peaks at 100 meteors an hour under ideal conditions. They’re fast – 33,500 mph – and often leave persistent trails.
(AP PHOTO: Kevin Clifford, 2009)
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