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Watching Tonight's Meteor Shower? Here's Some Information

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The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight and last through the early morning hours. Unlike last year, this year will be moon-free, meaning more chances to see the spectacle. But like last year, Los Angeles still has light pollution -- a lot of it.

"Those wishing to observe the shower should go to a dark sky location away from city lights," recommends Anthony Cook, who writes the weekly Sky Report for the Griffith Observatory, which closes along with Griffith Park at 10 p.m. tonight.

LAist recommends spots in the western Santa Monica Mountains (Mulholland Highway between Las Virgenes and Kanan, for example) or in the outskirts of the Santa Clarita Valley (dark roads in Castaic or along the 126 Highway towards Ventura).

If you have any spots, leave them in the comments section.

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As for details about tonight's shower, we'll let Cook take the reigns: