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Perseid Meteor Shower Could Light Up Sky

By Jason Weinstein.
This week is your chance to see a brilliant light display in the sky thanks to the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

The peak of the shower will be Wednesday night into Thursday after midnight when as many as 100 meteors per hour may be visible. This year's Perseid Meteor Shower is unique in that it falls during a new moon. That means there won't be moonlight to interfere with the shower. all you need is a clear night.

"What people are going to get to see are what people call shooting stars where debris from a comet is actually burning up in the sky. Most of this debris is the size of a pebble or even smaller and you get to see these fantastic streaks of light as they burn up," said Roy Williams, Public Programs Coordinator for Kopernik Observatory.

You can view the Perseid Meteor Shower from home but if you want to make your way to Kopernik, doors will open at 9pm through Friday, weather permitting. The observatory will update whether the weather is cooperating on it's website, kopernik.org.