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Perseid meteor showers visible tonight – if sky clears enough

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Perseid meteor showers visible tonight - if sky clears enough

Early Perseid meteor July 25, 2016/Photo by Ken Christianson

Skywatchers will be scanning the skies tonight.

The annual Perseid meteor showers are expected to peak overnight with the best viewing times between 3 a.m. and dawn.

In Fort McMurray, overnight conditions will be cloudy to start with a chance of rain showers with some clearing expected around 4 a.m.

The Perseids show up every year at this time as the earth passes through the trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet, Swift-Tuttle.

NASA says the earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails setting the stage for a spectacular display.

This year, forecasters are predicting and outburst, with double the normal rates of meteors.

NASA says it could be as high as 200 meteors per hour.

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