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Eyes Up This Week For the Perseid Meteor Shower and Spectacular Saturn Show


Though the Perseids have been active since July 14, the frequency of meteors hurtling through the sky is now heating up this week.

Scientists say the peak time to view this shower will be on the night of Thursday, August 11. The full moon that night may make it tougher to spot the meteors, so train your eyes toward the darker areas and watch closely.

This week is also one of the best times to see the ringed planet of Saturn in dramatic fashion.

On Sunday, August 14, the giant world will line up with the Earth and the Sun. The alignment is called an "opposition."