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A Bright Moon & Some Cloud Cover Will Limit Perseid Meteor Shower Visibility

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It's back! The Perseid Meteor Shower will be happening across the North American skies tonight, and while there's a chance everyone will be able to see it, we still have a few problems preventing a full viewing!

First of all, the full moon just happened a few days ago, and it will still be quite bright tonight. This will mean most of the light your eyes take in will be from the moon and it will be harder to see the meteors streaking across the night sky. The other big problem will be cloud cover. We've had a lot of showers and storms in southern Colorado and they have brought heavy cloud cover with them. The forecast is showing a partly cloudy night with slow clearing as the night moves on. If you have a shower or thunderstorm near you up till midnight you probably won't see anything. Best thing to do is try and stay up late till midnight or even later, as that will give you the best shot to catch the meteors.

There will be fewer meteors this year, expectations are around 40 to 50 meteors per hour compared to the 90 we see on normal years. If you want to take a picture of the shower, you'll want to have a good camera, preferable with a lens that can take in lots of light, and try to get outside of the city to get away from light pollution.

Good luck and feel free to share any pictures you snap on our KOAA facebook page!

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