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Pre-eclipse sky show: Perseid meteor shower to light up the night this weekend

Inner Eye Photography / Gowtham Pannala

While many of us are anticipating the great American solar eclipse of August 21, don't forget to look up for another spectacular sky show this weekend!

The most popular meteor of the year, the Perseids, will be visible Saturday night, as long as the skies are clear and you're away from city lights, that is.

The shower's actual peak is around 4 PM on Saturday, August 12, which means that the night before and the night after should both have good views.

Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, according to Space.com, but in outburst years such as 2016, the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

As to where to find the meteors? Simply speaking, just look up. They should be visible in any section of the sky, but they will be radiating out from the northeast.

Unfortunately, Saturday's very bright, more than half-full moon won't make for the best view of the Perseids. Since avoiding light pollution is key for viewing showers, looking for meteors earlier in the night when the moon is rising could prove beneficial.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be hosting its annual 'Stary Party' at both Stub Stewart State Park and Rooster Rock State Park. The events will have telescopes set up for attendees to use, and OMSI staff will be presenting informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations, and the summer sky. Both events run from 9 PM - 12 AM Saturday , August 12.

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