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The Sky Tonight Update: The Perseids Meteor Shower, Aug 12-13 peak

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13.

The waxing gibbous moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving fairly dark skies which should be an excellent early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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