Perseid Meteor Shower Peak is early hours of August 13 - How to find the Perseus Constellation

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(Best Syndication News) - Sky watchers will want to remember to take some time out to view the Perseid meteor shower that will be at its peak during the early morning hours of Saturday, August 13, 2011.

At the peak of the meteor shower, there are around 60 shooting stars per hour in the night's sky. Of course, the shooting stars are really meteors burning up when entering the atmosphere. The Swift-Tuttle comet is responsible for the Perseid meteor showers. The pre-dawn hours will have the most meteors entering Earth's atmosphere per hour.

It might be a little difficult to view this year's meteor shower because there is a full moon out. You will want to find the constellation Perseus because this is where the shower will be on display.

To find Perseus constellation, look to the northeastern sky and find the Orion constellation and the brightest star inside of it. Then look for Cassiopeia constellation, which looks like a W. At Cassiopeia's stretched out part of the W, look to the southeast to locate Perseus constellation. Perseus is in between the Orion and Cassiopeia constellations. Perseus looks like a stick figure man with a sword. Another nearby constellation to Perseus is constellation Taurus. To help navigate check out a map of constellations.

The Perseid meteor shower will be active up until August 24, 2011. If you miss the peak of the event, you can still watch for shooting stars on other nights.

By: Julie Marcus
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