Best week for shooting stars and other streakers

Normally we watch the summer meteors on August 11. Indeed, our annual Night of the Shooting Stars program will unfold that night at Mohonk Mountain House. But listen up: The Moon will then be one night past full. It will wash out all but the brightest streakers. Bottom line? This week may be the best bet for the summer dazzlers.

The Perseid shower actually starts on July 27, even if it reaches its peak a fortnight later. Right now you can expect ten to 12 meteors per hour. Moreover, the lesser-known Delta Aquarids shower is also unfolding . . .

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