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Annual Perseid Meteor Shower at its peak

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower at its peak
Perseid meteor streaks across the sky on Aug. 12, 2013. (Photo: Toby Smith)

Of all the meteor showers that come and go through the year, the Perseids are far and away the Northwest's best chance to enjoy one because of the lucky combination of it being one of the brightest shows of the year and mid August is our best shot at clear skies.

This year, it looks like the weather will cooperate again this year.

The Perseid meteor shower comes as the Earth passes through the dust and debris left over from the Swift-Tuttle comet. You can find more information about the shower at  EarthSky.org.

The shower technically has already started -- slowly in late July, then a gradual increase in frequency until the peak when the show really gets going. This year, the peak is expected to last through the late Sunday night/early Monday morning period of Aug. 11-12, and then again late Monday night into early Tuesday morning Aug. 12-13.

As to where to find the meteors? Simply speaking, just look up. They should be visible in any section of the sky, but they will be radiating out from the northeastern sky.

As for the weather, as luck would have it skies are clearing just in time for Monday night's show. We're done with the thunderstorms and even the mountains should clear up. The only bad spot would be along the coast where the marine fog persists.

]The University of Washington Astronomy Department has compiled a list of their favorite places to watch meteors. Not surprisingly, many of the suggestions are for the Cascade foothills, the Cascades themselves, or Eastern Washington. I can vouch for the Snoqualmie Pass area -- I was up there one year and it was amazing. 

If you can't see the show outside, Space.com has a list of webcams and other places to watch online.

And as always, if you get an amazing shots or video of the meteor shower, we'd love to see it! You can post it to our YouNews page.

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