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Moon near Jupiter and Saturn and Perseid meteors this weekend

August 09, 2019; 1:08 PM

The Perseid meteor shower peak is still several days away, but the shower is already producing 20 meteors per hour. Viewing conditions are much better now than they will be during the peak night of the Perseids (Aug. 12-13). The simple reason is moonlight.


The moon will be in the sky nearly all night on the peak night. However, if you were to look for meteors Friday or Saturday night instead (Aug. 9 and 10), the moon will set a little after midnight, giving prime viewing conditions during the predawn hours.


The moon will appear next to Jupiter Friday night. The moon will appear farther east in the night sky over the next few nights, passing near Saturn on Sunday night. So, enjoy the beauty of the moon next to the planets during the evening, then look for Perseid meteors after midnight as the moon heads towards the horizon.


Thanks for reading! Just look up! You never know what you will see.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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