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Here’s how to get a glimpse – NBC Chicago

The Perseid meteor shower streaks across the sky once a year, and Chicagoans can catch a glimpse of the spectacle when it hits next week.

Known for regularly producing significant numbers of bright meteors, the shower is expected to peak Thursday night and continue Friday morning, according to the Adler Planetarium.

Under the darkest skies — away from city lights — there could be 60 to 100 meteors seen per hour during the shower’s peak, the planetarium said on its website.

A full moon, however, is also expected to fall on the same night, which will likely cause some of the weaker streaks of light to disappear.

The planetarium suggests that skywatchers start looking for meteors several hours after midnight on Friday because the full moon will be lower in the sky and the radiant point for rain will be higher.

Spectators facing the eastern sky will likely have a better view of the show, according to the planetarium.

NASA considers the Perseids one of the best meteor showers of the year.

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