Look up! Spectacular meteor shower will peak this weekend

If you've had you fill of Olympics and want something a little more celestial to do this weekend, NASA suggests that you head outside and check out one of the most spectacular meteor showers in years.

The Perseid meteor shower comes every August as Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, but this year the planets Jupiter and Venus along with the Moon are all lining up in a way that should make the event particularly impressive. NASA says that sky watchers can expect to see as many as 100 meteors per hour in the night sky, with the meteor activity peaking on Saturday and Sunday night, and continuing on Monday when the the planets will reach peak brightness.

A dark sky is essential to get a good view, so naturally it helps if you're out in the countryside away from city lights. A cloudy overcast sky is another potential problem, but for most people it should be quite a show. So grab the kids and a couple of lawn chairs, and head out into the yard for a show that makes your 60 inch flat screen TV seem kind of puny.


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