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A sea of shooting stars will be visible when the Perseid meteor shower peaks Sunday and Monday nights, an official said.

The meteor shower is an annual event that occurs when the Earth passes through a trail of dust left by the Swift-Tuttle comet, said Christine Pulliam, spokeswoman for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The Perseid shower is famous because it is one of the brightest meteor showers, she said. Quick streaks of bright light will appear at a rate of one per minute on Sunday and Monday nights and will be most visible after 11 p.m., when the meteors are higher in the sky, Pulliam said.


She advised that areas with a clear horizon, such as beaches or parks, are the best for seeing the meteors, while locations with bright lights or trees will diminish visibility of the shooting stars.

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