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Star Cluster Creates Coat Hanger in Night Sky This Week

During the Perseid meteor shower this month I did some reminiscing on how, as a teenager, I used to watch this famous meteor display from my Aunt Irma and Uncle Ron’s house in then-rural Mahopac, New York, about 50 miles north of New York City. Full story

Meteor shower lights up the sky

   The Perseid meteor shower – which occurs every August as Earth passes through space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle -- peaked late Saturday night into Sunday morning. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

Meteor shower wows stargazers

   The annual Perseid meteor shower dazzled over the weekend – the result of dusty debris running into the Earth’s atmosphere and burning up. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

Perseid meteor shower wows stargazers

A weekend meteor shower lit up the night sky with a fiery shooting star display to delight of stargazers and space photographers around the world. Full story

Meteor showers to light up skies

   The Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a show across much of the U.S. on Saturday night. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

Dark Skies Bode Well for Perseid Meteors

Summer nights are not usually the best time for astronomy because the nights are shorter and the sky rarely gets totally dark. Fortunately, during the month of August, we are treated to one of the most reliable and spectacular meteor showers of the year. Full story

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  Perseid shower dazzled skywatchers

The Perseid meteor shower made for a spectacular show this weekend, but a full moon hampered viewing for star gazers. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

  Perseid meteor shower to dazzle on Sunday

Make sure you look up on Sunday night to watch the annual Perseid meteor shower, considered optimal this year because there won't be a moon in the sky. It’s best viewed with the naked eye. Brian Williams reports.

  Watch for falling Perseids

The Rachel Maddow Show in-house astrophysicist Summer Ash sits down with Bill Wolff to talk about this weekend's Perseid meteor shower and the new discovery of an exoplanet that reflects less than one percent of the light it receives from its parent star.

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  Meteor shower lights up skies

The Geminid meteor shower display has been delighting late-night stargazers. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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A long exposure shows stars behind a tree during the annual Perseid meteor shower near Mitzpe Ramon
A long exposure shows stars behind a tree during the annual Perseid meteor shower near Mitzpe Ramon

A long exposure shows stars behind a tree during the annual Perseid meteor shower near the southern town of Mitzpe Ramon August 13, 2012. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

People watch the annual Perseid meteor shower in Mitzpe Ramon
People watch the annual Perseid meteor shower in Mitzpe Ramon

People watch the annual Perseid meteor shower in the southern town of Mitzpe Ramon August 12, 2012. Picture taken August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

View of Perseid meteor shower
View of Perseid meteor shower

Veteran astrophotographer Roberto Porto snapped this spectacular view of a Perseid meteor over Mount Tiede National Park in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa on Aug. 11, 2012 during the peak of the 2012 Perseid meteor shower. The Milky Way and rock arch Zapata de la Reina (Queen's Shoe

Perseid meteor shower
Perseid meteor shower

epa03358909 A general view of a the Perseid meteor shower in the night sky near Nettersheim in the Eifel region, Germany, in the early hours of 12 August 2012. The meteor shower was easily visible due to clear skies. EPA/OLIVER BERG