AccuWeather.com, Weather/News Report, Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer, August 9, 2013

AccuWeather.com reports stargazers are in for a show this weekend as the Perseid meteor shower will once again illuminate the night sky. Though the display commenced in mid-July, the peak will be visible Sunday night into Monday morning.

Perseid meteors are particles from the debris trail on the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle and hit the Earth’s atmosphere moving 132,000 miles per hour.

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This year, with the moon in a crescent phase, 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.

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