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Meteor shower approaches in time for holiday weekend; Here’s how you can see it

Meteor shower

The cosmos has aligned, quite literally, for families, space geeks and insomniacs alike, as the Earth is set to intercept a new meteor shower late Friday into Saturday.

Some forecasts show 200 to 1,000 meteors an hour between 2 and 4 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday.

NASA says North America is in the best position to get a glimpse because the peak of the shower will appear during our nighttime, and the debris will “radiate” from a position favorable for viewing.

The best place to watch the shower will be east of the Mississippi River or in California. Precipitation over the Plains and Pacific Northwest could make viewing there difficult.

If you’re having trouble seeing it, or if you want to join other amateur astronomers across the country as it happens, NASA’s website will host a live chat from 11 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. EDT Saturday, as well as offering a live view of the skies over Huntsville, Alabama.

Instead of staring at a screen, though, Cooke encourages everyone to look up.