How to watch the Perseid meteor shower tonight in Miami

This year, the best time to view the show will be in the last hours before dawn on the mornings of August 12th and 13th. NASA encouraged everyone to go out and see the astronomical spectacle in person tonight. According to NASA, Perseid meteors are moving at 132,000 miles per hour. However, this year, a big, bright, almost full moon will reduce the number we're able to see. Here's what else you need to know to catch the Perseids in Miami.

The Perseids are fast, bright meteors that pass Earth's skies annually between July 17 and August 24.

Give your eyes a good 20-30 minutes to get acclimated to the darkness, and then look just east of due north in the skies above.

"The best known meteors of the year, the Perseids, are back".

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"Learn more about this year's Perseid meteor shower, set to reach its peak next Monday night". Comets, like planets, orbit the sun. Those grains of sand and rock fall into and burn up in the upper atmosphere, creating streaks of light. This comet has an orbital period of 133 years.

Unfortunately, the presence of a bright Moon this week will reduce the number of visible meteors.

Because the moon is almost full and so bright in the sky during most of the night, astronomers recommend getting up at least an hour before dawn for the best chance to view the spectacle.

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