Perseid Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight

The Perseid meteor shower will be peaking tonight. The show begins after sunset, and continues until dawn on Wednesday, August 12th. During the long night, sky watchers could see dozens of meteors per hour. A time of particular interest is 0800 UTC (3 am CDT) on August 12th. That's when Earth is expected to pass through a denser-than-usual filament of dust from the shower's parent Comet Swift-Tuttle. For an hour or so, rates could surge to 200 per hour. The bright Waning Gibbous Moon will likely blot out many of those Perseids, but even a fraction of 200 is a good show. Aside from the bright moonlight, clear skies will otherwise make for perfect viewing.

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