Meteor shower visible this weekend

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     SPECTACLE The optimum times to catch meteors are between midnight and dawn

Getty SPECTACLE The optimum times to catch meteors are between midnight and dawn

The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant streak of light.

Earlier this week, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield chatted with one of our sister stations, Jack FM and talked about how up in outer space, you can actually hear the meteorites ricocheting off the space station.

Perseids are bits of the comet Swift-Tuttle and often create the most awesome meteor shower of the year.

The weather will be cooperating pretty nicely if you want to see some shooting stars Saturday night into Sunday morning!

With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley. The Perseids refer to a regular occurrence of meteorites that appear to come from the Perseus constellation.

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Though skies look dry and clear, you'll be fighting the light of a Waning Gibbous moon. At certain times they could be close together and at others seem to disappear.

Just keep in mind the best viewing for meteors is as far away from the city lights as possible.

The comet orbits the sun every 135 years.

Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say the Perseids typically will produce around 50 to 80 meteors per hour. As the Earth crosses its orbit, it ploughs through some of the debris left by the icy object on previous visits.

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