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Perseid Meteor Shower Draws Desert Fans

Star-gazers had their eyes glued to the sky overnight Thursday for one of the most stunning meteor showers of the year, the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Astronomers were expecting to see between 60 and 100 meteors each hour between midnight and around 4 in the morning.

Click here for more information on where to look for the Perseid Meteor Shower in the sky

The meteor shower is made of debris from the Swift-Tuttle Comet burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere, creating a meteor shower in the northern hemisphere.

People around the desert stayed up late last night to watch the eye candy.

The shower is visible in mid-July each year, but the peak activity usually falls between August 9 and 14 depending on the particular location of the stream.

This year?s viewing was made even more spectacular by the crescent moon, which made it darker for people to see the meteors.

The Perseid Meteor Shower has been observed for about 2,000 years.

KESQ News Team

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