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Perseid meteor shower 2013: How to watch the ‘spectacular’ annual light showSky gazers are in for a treat as the Perseid meteor shower makes its annual appearance.Every year in early August, Earth passes through the comet Swift-Tuttle’s orbit and sweeps up some of this debris. As the tiny rocks encounter the thin upper atmosphere of the Earth, the air is heated to incandescence and we see a rapid streak of light.This year, the Earth is expected to encounter the “core” of the Perseid swarm on Aug. 12, and the best chance to view the meteors will be Sunday and Monday night. Viewers may see as many as 60 to 100 “shooting stars” per hour.

Perseid meteor shower 2013: How to watch the ‘spectacular’ annual light show
Sky gazers are in for a treat as the Perseid meteor shower makes its annual appearance.

Every year in early August, Earth passes through the comet Swift-Tuttle’s orbit and sweeps up some of this debris. As the tiny rocks encounter the thin upper atmosphere of the Earth, the air is heated to incandescence and we see a rapid streak of light.

This year, the Earth is expected to encounter the “core” of the Perseid swarm on Aug. 12, and the best chance to view the meteors will be Sunday and Monday night. Viewers may see as many as 60 to 100 “shooting stars” per hour.

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    it’s been raining since yesterday and was cloudy the night before that so i don’t have much hope of seeing it this year
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    August 12th is tonight! x
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