The next several nights (August 11, 12, 13) will be the peak of the Annual Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the best of the year. This year moon wash will be at a minimum, with the moon being a waning crescent in the morning sky. Under ideal conditions, this meteor shower can produce from 60 to 100 meteors per hour. They can be bright, colorful and leave long trails. This meteor shower can also storm, with uncountable meteors per hour. The best time to view is anytime after dark, however the best time is from midnight to dawn. Find a location away from city lights, although many of the brighter ones can be seen in metropolitan areas. Even though this is a summertime event, the nights can be chilly towards dawn, so wear appropriate clothing. The radiant will be towards the constellation Perseus, which will be high in the northern sky pre-dawn. The best part of the sky to observe is about midway above the horizon, as the meteors can streak anywhere from the radiant. With a little cooperation from the weather, this year promises a nice time to view a major shower.
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