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Stargazers are in for a show this weekend as the Perseid meteor shower will once again illuminate the night sky. The peak of a weeks-long shower be visible Sunday night into Monday morning.
Perseid meteors are particles -- some microscopic -- from the debris trail of a comet named 109P/Swift-Tuttle. The particles hit the Earth's atmosphere at up to 132,000 miles per hour.
Accuweather reports that weather conditions will be prime for viewing the show in the Northeast, but clouds could cover the shower in the Midwest.
"The nation's midsection will not catch much of the shower as a front sags across it, posing a threat for heavy rain," an Accuweather forecast said.
But if the clouds clear the view could be spectacular. This year the moon is in a crescent phase and the dark sky will aid in the spectacle, allowing even fainter meteors to be seen.
"Any time you have a darker sky, that helps," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette said.
The shower, nicknamed the "Fireball Champion," produces more meteors than any other annual shower and is typically bright enough at its peak to be seen in areas that suffer some light pollution.
"Most people consider this the best meteor shower of all, to see shooting stars," Paquette said.