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Wednesday, 08/12/09, Public Square

sky01Sky watchers could catch a dazzling treat on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Meteors are bits of dust or rock that collide with Earth’s atmosphere and heat up gas particles to produce a glowing trail. A handful of meteors can be seen each hour on any clear night, but during a meteor shower dozens may be visible.

The Perseid shower is expected to reach its peak at 12:30 a.m. CDT on 12 August, but dozens of meteors per hour should be visible on the nights preceding and following the peak.

Let us know if you catch nature’s show.



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