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Watch: Perseid Meteor Shower

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Wilfredo Lee
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Associated Press

It’s that time of year when the Perseids put on a light show in the dark night sky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21X5lGlDOfg

Astronomers say the Perseid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours on Wednesday, August 12.

The meteor shower is created when the Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet and the fragments vaporize as they enter our atmosphere.

Skywatchers should be able to see as many as 75 meteors an hour and perhaps more.

The best way to watch them is with the naked eye, although watching online will also work.

NASA will live-stream the Perseid meteor shower beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, while Arizona’s Lowell Observatory will start live-streaming at midnight.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.