Perseid Meteors Fly Tonight

Best viewing hours after 1:30 am moonset
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2008 7:33 PM CDT
In this photo released by a Perseid meteor flashes across the constellation Andromeda on Aug. 12, 1997.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Earth will plow into the heart of the Perseid meteor stream tonight and give star-gazers a spectacle, reports. We'll hit the stream's densest part at 7 am EST, but best viewing hours may be after 1:30 am local time—when the moon sets and gives viewers a darker sky. Ideal spots to watch the Swift-Tuttle comet debris are rural areas far from ambient light.