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Stunning Meteor Shower Will Happen This Weekend

This weekend will be all about looking up.

The annual Perseid meteor shower happens this weekend and will promise its usual beautiful show of shooting stars.

Every year in early August, Earth passes through the remnants of the Swift-Tuttle Comet, and when those bits of debris hit our atmosphere, they burn up, creating what we call shooting stars.

While they will be visible all this week, your best chance to see them is around 1 a.m. Sunday, when the shower peaks.

During the peak, you can expect 25-60 meteors an hour, though up to 100 an hour are possible.

Grab a sweatshirt, blanket, perhaps a comfy chair, and some hot cocoa, then find the darkest place you can think of. Settle in and relax — your eyes will need a few minutes to adjust to the darkness.

You can look just about anywhere in the sky to see them, but they all seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus. To find Perseus, look towards the northeastern sky after sunset.

Perseid Meteor Shower
NASA

Hopefully the skies will be relatively clear on Saturday night into Sunday and we’ll get to see the whole show!

For other cool things happening overhead this month (you can see Saturn and Mars!), check out this NASA video:

Where’s the best place to go stargazing at the Jersey Shore? Tell us below!

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