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Perseid Meteor Shower to Peak the Night of August 11/12, 2012

For those of us who like to gaze at the heavens you will get an extra treat this weekend. The night of August 11 and into the pre-dawn hours of August 12 is the peak of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. This is one of the more consistent meteor showers that can produce 60+ meteors an hour. The moon, a thin crescent, will rise three hours before dawn so the viewing should be great for most of the evening.

For a complete list of meteor showers see Meteor Showers on the Amateur Astronomical Society of Rhode Island website.

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