Spectacular Meteor Shower Should Be Visible to Most

August 12, 2012; 4:26 AM
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One of the best meteor shower events of the year will be happening this weekend, peaking late tonight. Most of the country should have at least a decent view.

The annual event occurs from late June through late August, with the peak occurring late tonight. The specific shower is known as the Perseid meteor shower.

The shower is caused by debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet, and during its peak several dozen meteors can be seen per hour. That is, of course, assuming you have a good view of the show.

Tonight, the best places to view this astronomical phenomenon will be across the Northwest and the south-central U.S. Both places will experience plenty in the way of clear skies and will provide optimal viewing conditions.

Across the interior North and Southeast, the Great Lakes and Southwest, conditions won't be as optimal. There should be enough breaks in the clouds however to enjoy the show.

Conditions don't look as favorable across New England and the Adirondacks of New York, the mid-Atlantic coast, and the northern Plains. There will be plenty of clouds overhead, making it tough to get a good look at the show.

The Pacific Coast will probably be less favorable in the morning when compared to the evening hours tonight.

If conditions aren't great for your region tonight, there's no need to worry. The event will still be spectacular Sunday night.

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