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Watch the Perseid meteor shower tonight

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The Perseid meteor shower will peak overnight and with a crescent moon tonight to keep the sky dim, some of us will have a chance at a decent show, if cloud cover cooperates.

For even better viewing, moonset will be around 11:30 p.m., so plan on a late night or very early morning viewing.

While the peak activity will be going on during daylight hours in North America, astronomers still expect meteors at a rate of about 90 per minute.

And chances are good that we will see at least times of clearing overnight, so if you're interested there's a chance you might see a meteor or "shooting star". 

These are created as small particles enter Earth's atmosphere, creating a streak of light.

The Perseid meteor shower is created by the remnants of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

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