Meteor shower countdown

Published: Aug. 10, 2016 at 3:31 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:11 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The clock is ticking and stargazers everywhere (particularly in the northern hemisphere) are anticipating possibly the greatest meteor shower in years.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is slated to peak Thursday night into early Friday morning.  Earth is expected to pass through more debris than usual from Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseids typically produce around 80 meteors per hour, but Thursday night's shower could produce 150 to 200 per hour.

As of Tuesday night, it still looks like southern Arizona will see some thunderstorms during the day Thursday.  However, drier air aloft is poised to push in from the west around the end of the week, which should begin to squash storm development.  If the drier moves in early enough, we should be left with clear enough skies Thursday night.  We'll have to hope for the best, but be prepared for possible clouds blocking our view.  We'll keep you updated.

Read more on where and when to look during this year's Perseids here.

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