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1998 Perseids Meteor Shower
News story originally written on August 10, 1998

This summer (and its movies!) has brought with it many questions about things hitting the Earth. Well, looks like this isn't just for the movies! The Perseids meteor shower peaks on August 12th. Over 80 'shooting stars' per hour could be visible at dark viewing sites in the northern hemisphere.

On August 12, the Moon is scheduled to rise at 11:30 p.m. EDT. Since it will be in gibbous phase, it will make the dimmer meteors harder to see. So the best viewing time may be before the Moon rises on the night of August 12th. To see the shower, look northeast towards the constellation of Perseus (it is close to Casseopieia - the familiar 'W' or 'M' of the northern sky). Remember to give your eyes time to adjust to the dark and bring that mosquito repellant!

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