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Persied Meteors Should Put on a Good Show This Year

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By WBOC Chief Meteorologist Dan Satterfield

If you see one meteor all year, it will likely be in August. The Perseid meteor shower usually puts on a good show in mid-August every year, and it often produces a few bright fireballs as well.

The meteors peak between Aug. 9 and 14 each year as the Earth passes through the debris field of a comet called Swift-Tuttle, and they appear to radiate from around the constellation Perseus. This year we will have a waning crescent moon, so skies will be even darker than usual. And if you are away from city lights you should see a meteor every minute or so.

You do not need a telescope to see the Perseids, but if you want to learn more about them and see some other astronomical objects, then go down to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday evening where NASA and the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation are having a astronomy night. For more inforamtion go to: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/astronomy_night_sky_summer_series_flyer.pdf

You will see more of them after midnight and to really enjoy the show, find a dark sky and let your eyes adjust to the dark for a good 20 minutes.

Wednesday and Thursday nights should be clear on Delmarva and make for good viewing!

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