The Perseids meteor shower comes every August and puts on a great show. This year the shower will come on the nights of August 12th and 13th The moon is in a thin crescent stage, and will set very early. This leaves the ideal viewing time - from midnight to dawn - with no moon and clear skies. Perfect viewing!

What is the Perseids Meteor Shower?
This spectacular shower, where you can see literally a meteor a minute all evening long, is actually debris thrown out by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The comet circles very regularly on a year cycle, so each August we get the debris raining down through our atmosphere and lighting up our skies.

The best viewing is in early pre-dawn, long after the moon is set and when the earth is going directly into the stream. Be sure to grab a blanket and some munchies, find a spot far away from city lights, and enjoy the free show!

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