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Here's how you can see the Perseid Meteor Shower Saturday night

13 August 2017

With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley.

The bright moonlight dampened the spirits of the around 200 stargazers who had gathered at the two vantage points of Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar on Saturday to witness the annual "Perseids Shower" that lights up the night sky.

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The Perseid meteor shower hits its peak this weekend in North America, with the best views available Friday and Saturday nights, but the bright moon, which turned full on Monday, is obscuring numerous fainter Perseids from view.

The Perseids are called so because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

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There is only one problem. The park usually closes at sunset but members of the club will be there from 7 to 10:30 p.m.to take in the spectacle. The moon will be in the waning gibbous phase, meaning that it will be 80 percent illuminated.

Light pollution from the cities will also make it hard to see the meteors tonight.

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NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the Perseids may be the most popular meteor shower of the year, according to Space.com.

Here's how you can see the Perseid Meteor Shower Saturday night