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Perseid Meteor Showers set to light up Philadelphia skies. Aug. 10-13
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/10/13 11:51 pm | updated: 08/10/13 11:51 pm
 
Each August as the Earth's annual orbit takes it through the remains of the comet Swift-Tuttle, we are treated to a dramatic show of meteors streaking through the sky called the Perseids. Named because they seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus, this meteor shower will peak this weekend through August 13th.

It is not uncommon to see up to 60 meteors an hour with the Perseids. The moon is in a waxing crescent phase. It will also be setting early in the evening.

Each night this weekend is forecast to have partly cloudy skies in the Philadelphia area and the summer temperatures will make viewing late at night comfortable. The best times to look are after midnight until close to dawn.

Saturday night is expected to be party cloudy and Sunday night will be slightly clearer. NASA will hold a live chat and video feed on Saturday night for those who might have overcast skies or an obstructed view: www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/perseids_2013.html



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The height of the shower should be Saturday night into Sunday morning. The show will begin between 11 p.m. and midnight on Saturday night and continue until dawn Sunday.

The constellation Perseus will rise in the northeast skies so focusing your attention there is a good place to start, but meteors can fly across any point in the sky. The best place to watch in Philadelphia is anywhere in an open field with clear views of the sky. And of course, as far away from the city lights as you can get the better.

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