Meteor shower alert

While looking at the Hercules cluster, you may notice a few more meteors in the sky than usual. This week leads up to the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on the morning of August 12, and some of the meteors you see may be from that display, especially if they appear to be coming out of the northeast. This shower is active between July 17 and August 24, but the week before maximum should see a significant increase in the number of Perseid meteors. The best time to look for the Perseids is in the predawn hours, but it is not unusual for these meteors to be seen during the evening, particularly near the peak. See the next chapter for details.

Also this week:

• The bright ruddy star Antares is on the meridian after sunset in the

Northern Hemisphere.

• In the Southern Hemisphere, Arcturus is low in the northwest by 9 p.m.

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