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By Marcia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer 

Perseid meteor shower 'warm-up act' for this month's eclipse

 

August 11, 2017



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Consider this weekend's Perseid meteor shower an opening act for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Astronomers are projecting a slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America. But the bright moon will wash out the finer Perseids. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour. Peak viewing will be Friday night, early Saturday, Saturday night and early Sunday.

The real cosmic show will be the total solar eclipse — the first to cross the U.S. coast to coast in 99 years.

NASA's meteor expert, Bill Cooke, says the...



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