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How to watch Perseid Meteor Shower

The night sky this week will exhibit some spectacular views as three planets align and the annual Perseid meteor shower occurs.

The annual meteor shower is a shooting star fest that should be easiest to see in the west-northwest sky between Wednesday and Friday nights, according to

For the best view, observers should find a dark spot, well away from street lights, with a good view of the sky, Ronnie Hawes, president of the Cape Fear Astronomical Society in Wilmington, N.C., told the Star-News .

The show continues at sundown Thursday when Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon appear close together in the western twilight. You won’t need a telescope to see the alignment, NASA reported.

The planets should be visible until around 10 p.m.</em>

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