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How to watch tonight's Perseid meteor shower

In this early morning, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, a meteor streaks past the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy above the Wyoming countryside during a Perseids meteor shower. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

SAN ANTONIO (KABB) – Stargazers might consider extending their bedtimes tonight because the sky will be lit with shooting stars.

NASA says forecasters predict an outburst, which is a meteor shower with more meteors than usual, for the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids arrive every August as earth rotates the sun and crosses a trail of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. This year, NASA says a gravitational nudge from Jupiter pushed earth toward a more action-packed area of the comet’s trail, and predict twice the normal number of meteors.

Typically, the Perseid meteor shower has 80 to 100 meteors an hour, reports NPR. With a Perseid outburst, that number could be 160 to 200 meteors per hour.

The celestial “double feature” is expected to peak on August 11 and 12.

To see the show, NASA recommends finding the widest and darkest view of the sky, preferably in the country away from city lights.

Stargazers need only their eyes, some patience and a decent sense of directions.

The Perseids appear from the Northeast by the constellation Perseus.

The best viewing conditions are expected to be between 1 and 5 a.m.

Don’t want to stay up? NASA will stream the Perseid outburst here.



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