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Perseid meteor shower 2020: How and when to watch in Arizona

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 01:23:13-04

All eyes to the sky Tuesday night, the Perseid meteor shower is peaking!

This is one of the most popular meteor showers of the year and as long as you find a clear, dark spot you should be able to see eight to ten meteors an hour.

This meteor shower is actually dust and debris from comet Swift-Tuttle which passed through the inner solar system in 1992.

If you want to catch the best view of it, head out of town and away from city lights. Allow your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust and look up into the darkest part of the sky.

These meteors can be seen anywhere, but appear to be coming from the direction of the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky.

The best views will be late Tuesday night before the moon rises. Here in Phoenix, moonrise will happen at 11:57 p.m.

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