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Perseid meteor shower promises lots of fireballs

The Perseids — the shooting star spectacular that ramps up over the weekend and peaks early next week — produces more fireballs than any other annual meteor shower, NASA says. The Perseid meteor shower can be viewed early- to mid-August every year. Its peak this year will occur around mid-day on Aug. 12 in North America, which means the best times to view the meteors will be the early mornings of Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. The meteor rate will be highest before sunrise when the constellation Perseus, where the meteors appear to originate, is high in the sky, NASA says.

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