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When to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

The annual Perseid meteor showers have been viewable since around July 17, but tonight they are expected to be at their peak, with as many as 80 meteors streaking the sky hourly.

You can look up for them throughout the night tonight, but especially promising times are between 12 and 1 a.m and before dawn on Wednesday morning.

Tomorrow you may see dozens of the shooting stars, but tonight is when you should watch for what astronomers call “earthgrazers.”

Bill Cooke of NASA said these are “meteors that approach from the horizon and skim the atmosphere overhead like a stone skipping across the surface of a pond.They are long, slow and colorful — among the most beautiful of meteors.”

Be warned that the Perseids’ visibility may be mildly obscured by an especially bright moon tonight, according to a Discover Magazine blog.

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