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What is being reported as a "highlight of the year," the Perseids meteor shower is set to display next week. The meteor shower has been considered as a favorite for space fans for over 20 centuries.
The meteor shower usually is displayed between early to mid-August, and this year it is projected to shower between Aug. 10 and the 11th.
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According to Brevard Times, the Perseids meteor shower will be viewable all over the world, but to see Perseids also depends on the moon. A full moon will disturb the aurora of the meteors, making it difficult to see. The best hours to view the meteor shower are during the early morning hours at night before dawn.
The Norwich Bulletin reports the Perseids meteor shower will peak on the night of Aug. 11, but a good display may be seen for several nights before and after. Weather permitting, up to 50 meteors can appear per hour, usually under a "clear, dark and wide-open sky, and observing well after midnight."
The number of meteors depends on latitude locations due to the Perseus constellation. The constellation is usually located far north and rises in the evenings.
According to NASA, debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle is the source of the meteor shower. The comet began disintegrating about 1,000 years ago. Every year Earth passes through the cloud of debris and have bits of its ice and dust enter the Earth's atmosphere.