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The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

The Perseid meteor shower is an August treat every year because the Earth passes through a trail left by the 16-miles-wide comet of dust, ice, rock and organic material called the Comet Swift-Tuttle, Space.Com explains. The actual peak night is Sunday, August 12th, when you'll see up to 100 meteors per hour, especially after midnight, when the Earth has turned, so to speak, into the path of the debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle that creates the Perseids.

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower. But it moves through the densest debris between August 11 and August 13.

A fireball is a very bright meteor, at least as bright as the planets Jupiter or Venus.

The Perseid meteor shower is named after the constellation Perseus because if you trace their paths backward they appear to be coming from the area of the sky.

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One of the most interesting and handsome things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors! It said August is one of the most popular time of the year to observe meteor showers.

If you are a star gazer, you need to be ready for a show this upcoming weekend! But more importantly, unlike the last few years, this year's Perseids happen during a new moon. According to an article at CBS Denver, you should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

Best viewing time? Well, you might want to take a nap before you head out there.