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Meteor shower to fill our sky

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual astronomical shower that fills the northern hemisphere's sky each year at this time. It is known for being one of the biggest and brightest meteor showers. It just so happens that it will be filling the skies over head starting now and lasting through the middle of next week. The peak of the meteor shower will be August eleventh and August twelfth (Tuesday and Wednesday). 

NASA says "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Gemenids". This meteor shower is known for its fast and often trailing meteors. This comes from the comet 'Swift-Tutle' and makes up the Perseus constellation. 

The best place to view the meteors is going to be in a rural, lightly lit area. Along the Grand Strand may not be optimal so if you have the option, try to head towards the Pee Dee to catch this event. Most of the meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye which will be the best way to view it. Using either a telescope or binoculars will reduce the amount of sky you can see at any given time. Head out and relax because a relaxed eye will hone in on any unfamiliar movement in the sky more easily. 

Try to get out any night over the next week or so to catch this event and be sure to keep checking in to your WMBF First Alert forecast to check on the conditions each night and be sure to send us your pictures! 

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