The Perseid meteor shower is an annual concentration of shooting stars as Earth passes through the particularly dirty path of comet Swift-Tuttle. Perseid meteors start to increase in late July and continue through late August, but the peak will be Aug. 11-13 with the most meteors coming after midnight. The shooting stars are mostly about the size of a grain of sand and are more than 50 miles up in the sky. They burn up quickly but brightly because they are moving at about 37 miles per second relative to Earth’s atmosphere.

To see the meteors, you must find a location away from most light. Allow time for your brain to adjust to the low light. Look slightly east of north and you should start to see meteors within a few minutes. Hopefully the peak nights of the shower will be clear, but any clear night the next three weeks should yield a few shooting stars.

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