Meteor shower visible this weekend

The annual Perseids light show is the biggest meteor shower of the year

Getty SPECTACULAR The annual Perseids light show is the biggest meteor shower of the year

The Perseid Meteor Shower peaked at dawn Saturday morning, but with better atmospheric conditions, the best chance for us to see the show is tonight.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the Perseids may be the most popular meteor shower of the year, according to But it will not be forgotten because the earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, creating the annual perseid meteor shower.

Though skies look dry and clear, you'll be fighting the light of a Waning Gibbous moon.

However, "The Perseids will be a little more hard to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak", quoted Cooke. The park usually closes at sunset but members of the club will be there from 7 to 10:30 take in the spectacle. You'll still be able to see meteors following moon rise but the number of "shooting stars" you spot won't likely be as high. Observers under dark skies can expect to see 40 to 50 meteors per hour during this year's peak, according to skywatching columnist Joe Rao. In the Sacramento region, a lack of clouds will help viewing, as Saturday night's forecast predicts clear skies.

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