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Meteor shower set for Sunday night

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BEMIDJI -- Local stargazers will have the opportunity to see a meteor shower this weekend.

The Perseid meteor shower, named after its supposed origin, the constellation Perseus, will be most visible Sunday night and Monday morning, according to the American Meteor Society. Early Monday morning, they'll be streaking across the sky at a rate of about 60 per hour.

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The meteors come from particles, mainly consisting of rock and ice with ash, released by a comet that the Earth encounters every year from mid-July to late August. This weekend is when the Earth comes closest to that comet's orbit, according to the AMS.

Evan Hazard, a retired biologist and local astronomy enthusiast, recommends waiting until the wee hours of the morning in order to see the best of the meteor shower.

"Because that's when we're turning into the direction the shower is coming from," Hazard said. "So you gotta stay up until 2 a.m. if you really want to see the best (meteor shower)."

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John Hageman
John Hageman covers local business and Grand Forks' legislative delegation. Get more business news at aroundtown.areavoices.com. 
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