Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

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The higher the radiant, the more meteors appear all over the sky. The showers leave behind streaks of bright colors and "fireball" explosions of light.

Look off towards the constellation Perseus in the night sky (that's how the meteor shower got its name).

The very popular Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend and it will be extra special this year because of the new moon making the skies extra dark. Nichols describes it as an annual phenomenon when earth runs into the trail of debris left by a comet.

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The Perseid meteor shower is back, space enthusiasts.

"Earth ploughs through the debris of a comet that's surrounding the sun and some meteor showers might generate about 10 meteors an hour, but the Perseids are over 100 meteors per hour".

It's a good year to watch the Perseids, according to Mel Blake, associate professor for physics and astronomy, and director of the University of North Alabama Planetarium.

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How can I see them? To reduce light pollution from vehicles, visitors are asked to park at the Three Maidens Picnic Area and walk to the Visitor Center parking lot. During a meteor shower, that number can jump to dozens and sometimes hundreds of meteors per hour. The same times are best for Sunday night into Monday morning as well.

The peak of the meteor shower will be at around 3.30am on August 13. Over the next several days, weather permitting, you might get a chance to wish upon a shooting star!

This year, it is possible to see more shooting stars than last year. Give your eyes some time to adjust to the darkness (about 30 minutes) and you should expect to see about 60-70 meteors per hour or about one per minute.

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It may take a little while before you see one, and it's easy to look away and miss one!

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