Perseid meteor shower returns to our skies this month to kick off summer ‘shooting star’ season

streaks of light cross the starry night sky above a desert
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Anyone gazing at the summer night sky for even a short length of time is likely to spot a few “shooting stars” darting across the sky. 


The best meteor display of the summer comes during the second week of August during the annual Perseid meteor shower which, at its peak around the nights of Aug. 11 and 12, is capable of producing 50 to 100 fast, bright meteors per hour for a single observer. Many flaring meteors with trains are seen under good skies. 2024 will be a very good year to watch for the Perseids, because bright moonlight will not interfere.

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