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Thursday Night's Meteor Shower: Expect a Deluge

160 to 200 meteors expected per hour

(Newser) - Never watched the Perseid meteor shower? This is the year to do it. Though Earth spins through the same ancient comet debris each August, Jupiter's gravity has pulled debris closer to Earth this year, meaning Earthlings will witness twice as many shooting stars as normal, or about 160 to... More »

This Week's Meteor Shower Could Be Best in Years

Aim for tonight or tomorrow to see the Perseids, NASA says

(Newser) - If you want to see a light show in the sky, after midnight tomorrow night will be the best hour of the year and possibly the decade. The annual Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak between tonight and Friday night and NASA says 4am EDT will be the... More »

Year's Best 'Supermoon' Arrives Tomorrow

Which isn't great news for fans of Perseid meteor shower

(Newser) - The full moon that rises tomorrow night should look especially bright: It's another so-called "supermoon," and this one will be the closest one to Earth all year, reports Universe Today . Another supermoon—or perigean full moon, for purists—comes next month, though it won't be as... More »

'Brand New' Meteor Shower Born in 200-Year-Old Comet

Camelopardalid could rival Perseids—or be totally lame

(Newser) - About 200 years ago, a comet known as 209P/LINEAR passed through our cosmic neighborhood, leaving a trail of detritus in its wake. Next week, our humble planet will plow through that debris field, and the resulting meteor shower has NASA more than a little excited—as well as not quite... More »

Year's Best Meteor Show Arrives Tonight

Northeast will have best view of Perseids

(Newser) - The annual Perseid meteor shower is upon us, and if you don't know much about astronomy, a NASA rep simplifies it for you: "The Perseids are the good ones." Visible to the naked eye, the August shower will peak tonight and tomorrow, with optimal viewing time between... More »

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

It should be a great show this year

(Newser) - It's time for the annual Perseid meteor shower, and this year's will be especially good. A waning crescent moon means that the moon won't block viewing, and the peak is on tonight—so go ahead and stay up late to watch. Between midnight and dawn, about 80... More »

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

International Space Station is flying by, too

(Newser) - Light show! The Perseid meteor shower is back, and peak viewing will be overnight tonight and into the predawn hours of tomorrow, reports . Drawback: A full moon will probably dim this year's show. Bonus to make up for that drawback: The International Space Station also should be... More »

Meteors Put On a Show Tonight

Annual Perseid shower should be dazzling

(Newser) - Your local weather permitting, the annual Perseid meteor shower should light up the skies in the wee hours tonight, reports the Christian Science Monitor . The usual caveats apply—like the further you can get from the lights of the big city, the better your show. Best bet is to start... More »

Perseid Meteors Fly Tonight

Best viewing hours after 1:30 am moonset

(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... More »

Get Ready for a Light Show

Geminids will benefit from a moonless night

(Newser) - This week's incarnation of the annual Geminid meteor shower should be particularly awe-inspiring, reports National Geographic, because it coincides with dark, moonless sky for the first time since 1996. Skywatchers can expect at least 110 meteors per minute, with the best viewing on Thursday and Friday. The peak will be... More »

Comet Dust Will Light Sky

(Newser) - Comet debris will light up the sky tomorrow night and Monday morning with shooting stars as Earth passes through the Perseid meteor shower. For the best view, pick a dark spot away from city lights and look east, says the Discovery Channel. "It's going to be a great show,... More »

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