Meteor showers occur frequently throughout the year, but the upcoming Perseids are one of the most consistent. (They routinely produce close to 60 meteors per hour at their peak.)
The Perseid meteor shower is associated with the Swift-Tuttle comet. The name derives from the radiant of origin, which lies in the constellation Perseus. This year, the shower will be most active on August 12th and 13th in the early morning hours. Because the peak falls during a full moon, it is important to view the shower in a rural area to minimize light pollution.
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