It's going to shower meteors August 12

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Across Idaho and the nation, people are gearing up for a celestial event of epic proportions: the August 21 solar eclipse. The yearly Perseid meteor shower is at its peak on Saturday night and early Sunday morning, and viewing conditions in Boise will likely let you take in the show.

This biggest meteor shower of the year is going on this weekend, and Saturday night is the most optimal time to see it. In 1833, another Leonid storm reportedly had a rate of at least tens of thousands meteors per hour. "But with this bright moon now, visibility will be less spectacular".

But while viewing meteors may be more hard this year, enterprising viewers who trek out to rural or suburban areas with less light pollution can still see some meteors. Debris from the comet breaks off and can drift in space for years before being captured by Earth's gravity and falling into the sky.

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And while NASA pointed out that this will not be the largest meteor shower ever, Scientific American observed that interested watchers may have their view obscured by the moon.

With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley. "You want to get away from bright lights of the city, so if you can go out into the countryside somewhere, maybe up north, where the sky is really dark, you'll be able to see shooting stars and more meteors". Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly.

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