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Where to See the Perseids: Annual Shower Peaks Monday

By by Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
August 14, 2013, 8:26:11 AM EDT

Stargazers are in for a show again on Monday night as the peak of the Perseid meteor shower once again illuminates the night sky.

Perseid meteors are particles from the debris trail on the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle and hit the Earth's atmosphere moving at 132,000 mph.

Unfortunately, clouds and showers threaten to obscure the show across a large swath of the country on Monday night. Most places from the East Coast through the Tennessee Valley and the central Plains will have to find breaks in the clouds to enjoy the show.

The best places to view the Perseid's will be across much of Florida, Texas and the Great Lakes, where the sky should be mostly clear for much of the night. Much of the West will also have good viewing conditions.

The nation's midsection will not catch much of the shower as a front slowly sags southward, posing a threat for violent and drenching thunderstorms.

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Much of the Northeast will also miss the display thanks to a front moving in from the west.

During the peak, the moon will be in a crescent phase, and will set in the sky by midnight in most locations. The dark sky will aid in the spectacle, allowing even fainter meteors to be seen.

"Any time you have a darker sky, that helps," Meteorologist Mark Paquette said.


The shower, nicknamed the "Fireball Champion," produces more meteors than any other annual shower and is typically bright enough at its peak to be seen in areas that suffer some light pollution.

"Most people consider this the best meteor shower of all to see shooting stars," Paquette said.

If the weather or other plans prevented you from viewing the meteor shower on Sunday night, the show should be just as brilliant on Monday night--weather dependent.

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