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It’s the summer event you don’t want to miss: the Perseid meteor shower.
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Every summer, pieces of the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle break off as it flies through the inner Solar System. As the shards burn up in the atmosphere, they create a stunning nighttime show.
But its peak — when you can see the meteors most clearly — is August 12-13.
In ideal conditions — a viewing spot from the Northern Hemisphere and no clouds — you could spot up to 50 meteors per hour.
You don’t need a telescope to spot the Perseids. However, it might help to have a camera nearby if you want to capture the spectacular view.
Here are 7 stunning images from the show, past and present:
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