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Perseid meteor shower to be visible in Michigan

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Look to the northern skies and your eyes will get a treat.

The Perseid meteor shower will be visible starting this weekend and will peak next week.

This month meteors will form near the constellation Perseus, hence where the showers gets its name. This is classified as one of the most active meteor showers in the northern hemisphere and luckily for us, if the skies cooperate, we should be able to see quite the show.

Best time for viewing

The meteors will begin to be visible beginning August 7 with the peak of the meteor shower on August 12 where you will see the most meteors in the shortest amount of time.

For Michigan, August 12 and 13 will be the peak of the Perseid meteor shower with best hours of observation between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.

If you want to find the best time for viewing the shower in another state check out spacedex.com.

Facing northeast towards the Perseus constellation will give you the best view of the show. The meteors will look like they are streaking away from the constellation.

If you are in a rural area with little light pollution you could see as many as 50 to 80 meteors per hour!

NASA says that the moon will begin to brighten beginning August 10 and that it will affect our ability to see the Perseid meteor shower at its peak on the 12th.

The almost full moon will be bright enough to blot out a lot of the meteors. You may have a better chance seeing the meteors this week, because beginning tonight there is a new moon and it will be darker.

Although you could see meteors as early as tonight, the meteor shower will really start to pick up around August 7 and that is when you will have maximum visibility.

Another treat for us will be the view of Andromeda galaxy which will be visible with the unaided eye. If you have a telescope, looking near Perseus you should be able to make out beautiful detail of the nearby galaxy.

If you happen to get a viewing of the Perseid meteor shower and snap a pic be sure to share them with us on Facebook! 

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