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NASA: Best meteor shower of the year happening this weekend

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Look up this weekend and you'll likely be treated with multiple "shooting stars" zooming across the night sky.

The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak the night of Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th. 

This weekend's night sky event promises to be particularly spectacular. Typically, the earth grazes the parent comet "Swift-Tuttle" and its trailing debris stream, allowing for up to 50 meteors per hour.

But this year, the debris stream will pass closer to our atmosphere meaning we'll see many more meteors!

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says, "Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year...Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour."

Scientists call this an "outburst" of meteors. The last time this happened with the Perseids was in 2009.

And even better, it'll be extra dark since there will be a new moon this weekend and skies look to be mainly clear.

The Perseids get their name because the meteors appear to fly out from the comet Perseus, but since they'll zoom across the atmosphere, you can look anywhere in the sky for them.

The best time to view the shower will be after midnight on early Sunday morning. Go to a rural spot with a wide open horizon to escape city lights.

Allow your eyes to adjust about a half hour. If you plan on taking pictures, turn on the long exposure setting on your camera.

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