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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

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The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is this week.

Once per year, the Earth tracks through debris caused by the Swift-Tuttle comet. This is what causes the Perseid Meteor Shower every year in August. NASA is calling for about 200 meteors per hour during the peak early Friday morning. That is about twice as many meteors than normal - possibly due to Jupiter's gravitational field.

The best viewing conditions would be in a dark sky, between midnight and dawn on Friday, August 12. Meteors can also be seen in the early morning hours on Saturday, August 13.

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