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Perseid meteor shower lights the sky this week

 

This week will be one of the best times to watch the Perseid meteor shower, the chair of Foothill College's astronomy department said.

The mid-week meteor shower will take place during a new moon, which is when the moon is absent from the sky, astronomy department chair Andrew Fraknoi said.

Because of the moon's absence, the moonlight won't interfere with viewing the "shooting stars," he said.

The evening of Aug. 12 through the morning of Aug. 13 will be the optimal time to see the shower, though stargazers may see more "shooting stars" the night before or the night after, according to Fraknoi.

Fraknoi said that about 1 a.m. Aug. 13 will be the prime time to see the shower, but anytime after sunset Aug. 12 will be a good time to see some shooting stars.

A meteor shower has nothing to do with stars, as meteors are pieces of cosmic dust and dirt that enter the Earth's atmosphere at high speed and make a flash of light, Fraknoi said.

— Bay City News Service

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