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Eyes on the Sky for Perseid Meteor Shower

Looking for something to do this weekend that's out of this world?

The Perseid Meteor Shower will be visible, as it is every year at this time.

And you can catch the action at the Kopernik Observatory in Vestal. It's open Friday night regardless of weather --for the program exploring the nature of  comets and meteors.

You can also get tips on how to view the ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower.

"What's going on is that the Earth's actually crossing over into a debris field left by Comet Swift Tuttle.  And, this incidentally, is a comet that actually has a historical connection (with this area).  It was discovered by Swift from Marathon, NY in the late 1860s," said Roy Williams from Kopernik.

The peak will be Sunday and Monday nights.

Astronomers are expecting up to 60 meteors per hour after midnight.

For information on this weekend's activities visit www.kopernik.org.



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