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Watch 2012’s Best Meteor Shower of the Year This Weekend

by Brandon Russell | August 10, 2012August 10, 2012 10:00 pm PDT

This weekend, from August 11 to August 13, the cosmos will put on what NASA is describing as “the best meteor shower of the year.” Those in the countryside or desert areas — where light pollution is least suffocating — may even get to see up to 100 meteors each hour.

Known as the Perseid Meteor Shower, the action often occurs during the month of August when Earth passes through the comet stream of Swift-Tuttle. Star gazers can expect the galactic fireworks to roar across the celestial sphere after 10:00 or 11:00 pm, although the most activity will be just before dawn.

In addition to the meteor shower, the planets Jupiter and Venus will be clearly visible once the Perseid Meteor Shower reaches its peak. And if you want to contribute to science, you can report how many meteors you see with a Meteor Counter app on Android or iOS.

When you’re out on the town this weekend, don’t forget to stop and look out for a minute or two.

[via NASA Science]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...