Beyond the Weather: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Each year we mark time by certain events. It could be a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or festival. Others may mark time using astronomical events that happen at yearly intervals. One such event is coming up this weekend. It is time to prepare for the Perseid meteor shower.

Saturday and Sunday night, August 11th and 12th, mark the peak of the meteor shower that is already going on. At peak time under good conditions, you can expect to see 60 to 70 meteors per hour.
Good visibility is in the forecast for both nights. The moon will also not be an issue this year with only a crescent moon appearing.

The best viewing will be in a dark location without any light pollution. Go there and give your eyes 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness. Look to the northeast about 40 degrees off the horizon. The meteors will appear to come from the constellation Perseus with Cassiopeia just above.

In summary: this weekend, check out a dark location, let your eyes adjust and look to the northeast.

Happy stargazing!