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Best Texas Viewing Opportunities for the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower

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Apt to produce the greatest number of visible meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12, and 13, the 2017 Perseids may peak at that time but will have to contend with the waning Gibbous Moon for display of its beautiful celestial shower.

One of the brightest meteor showers of the year, the Perseid meteor shower, occurs annually from July 17 to August 24, and normally rises to its height in display around mid-August. The best time to view them is, of course, when the sky is at its darkest, and many suggest that this is often right before dawn. Comprised of tiny space debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet, the Perseids are so-named because of the Perseus constellation. Its direction appears to align with that of the shower, both of which can be located in the north-eastern portion of the night sky.

Best Texas Viewing Opportunities for the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Flickr/Perseid Meteor Shower of 2015

Widely viewed by astronomers and stargazers to be the shower that produces the most visible pieces within an hour of dark space, the Perseids are much anticipated yearly, in comparison to the various other meteor showers that can be witnessed here on Earth. Producing 60 to 100 meteors within that time period, the Perseids can best be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Texas, the best viewing opportunities will be in locations where there is little light.

Best Texas Viewing Opportunities for the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower
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Escaping the lights of urban areas and finding a dark place in the Lone Star State from which to get the best view is never a bad move. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area may offer special gazing programs, as will other Texas state parks. Similarly, rural hotels and special event venues will often establish meteor shower watching events, so check online for programs that may be near you!

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