Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend


A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth’s orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND– You may want to stay up late on Sunday!

The Perseid meteor shower is this weekend. Forecasts predict as many as 80 an hour.

Cleveland State University research astronomer Jay Reynolds said we’ll start to see meteors after 9:30 p.m. Sunday, with peak viewing from 2 a.m. Monday until sunrise.

“Viewers should be patient. Allow 20 minutes to 60 minutes before you give up,” Reynolds said. “The later into the evening, the better!”

So grab a blanket, camp out in your backyard and enjoy the Perseids.

NASA recommends giving your eyes time to adjust to the dark, which takes about 30 minutes. It also suggests staying off your phone because the bright screen affects your night vision and will reduce the number of meteors you see.

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