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Perseid meteor shower lights up Abilene, Big Country sky

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 12 2013 08:13:56 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 12 2013 08:19:07 AM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

The Perseid meteor shower will send meteors and fireballs across the summer sky this week.

Tuesday morning (Aug. 13) will be one of the best times to see the spectacle with up to 100 meteors per hour.

The shower will peak before sunrise when the constellation Perseus is high in the sky, but anytime between 10:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. is sure to provide an excellent view.

The Perseid meteors are produced as the earth passes through debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle. It's a unique meteor shower because it will produce more fireballs than any other meteor shower this year.

Fireballs are meteors that appear as bright as Jupiter and Venus.

These fireballs can be seen nearly anywhere but to catch a view of the fainter meteors, you'll want a clear sky away from artificial lights.

Meteors will come from all directions so to get the best view, find a comfy chair, look up and wait.