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The annual Perseid meteor shower radiates from a point in the constellation Perseus just below the W of Cassiopeia. Rates are usually about 100-120 meteors per hour from a dark, moonless sky at peak but will be cut in half due to moonlight this time around. This map shows the sky facing east around midnight Aug. 12-13. (Source: Stellarium)

Astro Bob: Pursuing the Perseids

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Get ready for the darling of meteor showers this week — the Perseids. Who can deny their appeal? Not only is the shower rich with fiery flashes of meteoric light, but it happens in August when the weather’s nice. Peak activity is expected Tuesday night, Aug. 12-13. when up to 100 meteors an hour might be seen.

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