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How to watch the Perseids peak (despite the full moon)

Once a year, from mid-July to late August, Earth passes through a cosmic junk heap that pelts our planet with thousands of tiny space rocks no wider than a grain of sand. We call this annual event the Perseid meteor shower — or simply the Perseids.

This year, the Perseids peak in the dark hours between Aug. 11 and 12. Unfortunately, the fact that there’s a bright full moon around the same time will dampen the show. You may be able to see 10 – 20 meteors per hour during the peak, according to NASA – down from the 50 to 60 per hour visible on a non-full-moon year. Still, you should be able to catch some shooting stars in the nights leading up to the peak, as well.

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