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Perseid Meteor Shower



Here we go again! Each year the Earth passes through the dust and debris left over from Comet Swift-Tuttle. The tiny pieces of debris enters our planet's atmosphere and burns up as it encounters friction. These bright streaks of light are beautiful and will get your attention with a few "ohhhhhs and ahhhhhhhs" coming from anyone who can catch a glimpse.


Whenever news goes around a meteor shower is coming, there's the perception you're going to step outside and see these meteors raining down like crazy as soon as you look up. It has been my experience that it never happens that way. Sorry to be Debby Downer. You always hear news reports that 60-70 or even 200 will be seen per hour, but it turns out to be just a few if you're lucky. While I don't pretend to be an astronomer, I believe you have to be in an area with absolutely perfect conditions. By that I mean: NO city lights, dry air for great visibility, no clouds, and perfect timing.


With all that said, it's worth going out to look and it can be a fun activity with your family. It's a nice science lesson as we get ready to send the kiddos back to school. I will caution you however, we will have to battle some cloud cover across the state. We'll keep you updated with the forecast.


THE VIDEO BELOW SHOWS YOU WHERE TO LOOK AND GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF VISIBILITY THIS WEEKEND OVER ARKANSAS.


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