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How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower
From TIME - August 11, 2017

The Perseid meteor shower is peaking this weekend, but something big is poised to interrupt your view: the moon.

The moon will be about 80 percent full this weekend, the time to see the shower, so its brightness will obscure the sight of meteors.

"To be honest, it's not a good year," said Robert Massey, acting executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society in London, Newsweek reports. "You might, if you are lucky, see maybe 20 an hour," he told AFP. (Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but some years it can get up to 200 per hour, according to Space.com.)

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