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Perseid meteor shower peaks Friday-Sunday

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Friday night is the night to look up for the Perseid meteor shower.

Despite what you may have heard on social media about this being the biggest shower in a century, in actuality, the bright gibbous moon will actually make this a little harder to watch.

The light from the moon makes seeing the dimmer meteors a little more difficult. Avoid looking at the moon then looking for shooting stars because your eyes will adjust to the moon's light.

The Perseid meteor shower is annual as the Earth passes through the former tail of comet Swift-Tuttle, which happens to make orbits of the sun once every 133 years, leaving particles behind. When the Earth impacts those particles, they super-heat when they hit the atmosphere, giving off light and heat.

This year, the display lasts from July 13 to August 26, but activity peaks Friday night into Sunday.

The meteors look like they emanate from the constellation Perseus, which is why the shower has its name.

There are larger pieces of comet dust with this particular shower so larger fireballs are possible.

The only instructions you need for the shower are to go outside and look up. There will be some clouds at the coast but inland viewing looks good.

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