Look! Up in the sky! It's a meteor shower

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by STEVE McCAULEY

WFAA

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 9:49 AM

We need clear skies to view the Perseid meteor shower which peaks Saturday night and Sunday morning, but that vista may be spoiled by cloud cover.

The peak viewing times in our area should be between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday. However, clouds will be moving in from the Texas Panhandle right around that time frame.

You should still be able to see evidence of meteors any before then; just look into the eastern sky all the way from the horizon to straight above.

Astronomers tell us you should be able to view one meteor per minute or more, especially in the prime early Sunday window if the cloud cover stays away.

If you miss the overnight celestial display, you may get another chance during the pre-dawn hours of Monday, but that opportunity could be dashed by isolated showers that are expected to pop up late Sunday night through early Monday morning.

E-mail smccauley@wfaa.com

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