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Look up in the sky this weekend and you just might see a shooting star!

The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every year around this time which means you will see “shooting stars”!  What we are really looking at is debris left behind from a comet named Swift Tuttle.  That comet is 16 miles wide and it only orbits the sun every  133 years.  The last time it that was 1992 and it won’t return until 2126.  When the debris particles hit our atmosphere they burn up and that’s the light show we see in the sky!

You may be able to see the meteors Friday, August 8 and through out the weekend but the best time late Monday night into Tuesday morning.  That night will be a full moon however so it will decrease the amount of meteors you will see from about 60 per hour to about 15 to 20, according to NASA.  

The Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland is hosting a viewing of the showers on their observation deck!  You do have to buy tickets to that though.  With those awesome telescopes they’ve got you are bound to seem some amazing things in the sky!

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