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Here's when you can watch tonight's Perseid meteor shower (and other astronomical events)

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The peak of this year's Perseid meteor shower is expected later this week. 

The Perseid meteor shower is known as one of the most vivid, visible astrological events. But, this year's show may be less spectacular than usual.

According to space.com, the meteor shower will be visible this Monday and Tuesday, but there's a chance that the almost-full moon could make the sky too bright.

The best time to view the meteor shower will be pre-dawn Tuesday morning, according to Earthsky.com.

"The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so you'll still see Perseids," said NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke to space.com. "You just won't see the show you've seen on nights when the moon has not been around."

Earthsky.com suggests that those who watch the meteor shower should give themselves at least an hour outside: 20 minutes for the eyes to adjust, and another 40 to observe.

Viewers won't need any special equipment, just a set of eyes and dark skies.


Weather conditions for Lancaster County

The nighttime weather conditions for Monday, as of the time of writing this article, will be laden with increasing cloud coverage and humidity.

The cloudiness will continue into Tuesday morning, according to Accuweather.

Thunderstorms are expected early Tuesday.


Remaining astrological events for the year

- September Equinox, Sept. 23

- Draconids (small) meteor shower, Oct. 8

- Orionids meteor shower, Oct. 22

- Taurids (small) meteor shower, Nov. 5 to 6

- Leonids meteor shower, Nov. 17

- Geminids meteor shower, Dec. 14

- Ursids (small) meteor shower, Dec. 21 to 22


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