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Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Tuesday night

(WAOW/CNN) — The Perseid Meteor Shower — considered the Northern Hemisphere's most popular meteor shower of the year peaks tonight, August 11.

The best time to check them out will be after midnight, but the crescent moon will be rising then, too, slightly obscuring viewing conditions

If you can't get out to have a look, you may still be able to catch a glimpse of the Perseids the next few nights.

The shower will cause up to 50 meteors per hour to pass through the night sky.

Therefore, 10 pm - 2 am will be the best time to check these out before the moon gets too high in the sky.

If you plan on attempting to see them, get away from city lights and let your eyes adjust for 15-20 minutes.

If you manage to grab a picture or video, send it to and we may use it in an upcoming newscast.

The Perseids are caused by dust and debris left behind from the tail of the comet Swift.Tuttle.

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