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Perseid meteor shower to peak on Aug. 13

2013/08/09 11:47:08

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) Stargazers have a chance of getting a good look at the Perseid meteor shower next week, one of the most spectacular celestial events in 2013, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Friday.

Lasting from mid-July to late August this year, the meteor shower will peak between 2:15 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 13, the museum said.

Conditions for star-watching should be good after the new moon sets at around 10 p.m., Aug. 12, the museum said.

The Perseid shower has a rate of around 100 meteors per hour from a radiant near the North Star, where the Perseid meteoroids strike the Earth's atmosphere and burn up, according to the museum.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)