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Perseid Meteor Shower Will Dazzle Saturday Night

Roswell viewers should be able to observe around 80 "shooting stars" per hour during this year's Perseid Meteor Shower.

The Perseid Meteor shower has some added bonuses this year: it will occur on a night when the moon is in its waning crescent phase, which means the moonlight won't interfere with your view of the dashing meteors, according to Astronomy.com. And it's on a Saturday night, which means people can stay up late and sleep in the next day.

You don't even need a telescope. Just spread out a blanket, maybe a late-night picnic, kick back and enjoy!  

Perseid Meteor Trivia:

  • These meteors travel 37 miles per second!
  • The best time to view will be 2 a.m. on Sunday.
  • The local weather, so far, is predicted to be partly cloudy skies and only a 10 percent chance of storms, so - cross your fingers - you should have a good view, Roswell.
  • The Perseid Meteors are cast-offs of the Swift-Tuttle comet, according to Space.com.
  • The shower began July 23, and will peak on Saturday night. 
  • Look toward the Perseus constellation, which forms an inverted "Y" shape and is in the northeast.
  • Some of the meteroids are as small as a grain of sand, but they have the kinetic energy of a nuclear bomb!
  • If you see a very slow, bright object sailing across the sky, it's either a satellite or a Space Station.   

Where to view:

  • You don't need a telescope to view this celestial event, so just head out to a dark spot.

Will you be watching the Perseid Meteor shower? If so, tell us why in comments and if you snap a photo, e-mail it to christine.foster@patch.com or upload it to the Patch Pics and Clips page.

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