Table showing how many meteors will be seen per hour.
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Watch Out for the Meteors!
News story originally written on August 10, 1999
This week's solar eclipse isn't the only thing to watch! The Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12-13, 1999. There could be as many as 150 "shooting stars" per hour. The best time to look is very early in the morning.
Meteors are small pieces of dust and ice that break off a comet. They are about the size of a grain of sand. They look so bright because they burn up in Earth's atmosphere.
The best way to see the shower is to lie on your back facing north. It will look like the meteors are coming from the constellation Perseus. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you can watch the shower. But if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you will have to watch it on the web. NASA will show it live on the link below!
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