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Where To Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

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The Perseid Meteor Shower kicks off tonight, lasts through Monday and peaks in the wee hours of Sunday morning. This year the meteors are supposed to give a particularly good show since there will only be a waning sliver of a moon in the sky giving off light.

Depending on the conditions, you could see as many as 60 to 100 meteors an hour. (Jupiter and Venus are supposed to make an appearance as well.) The best time to watch is during the pre-dawn hours after the crescent moon has set, and 2 a.m. on Sunday is the peak hour for the entire shower.

Get away from the city if you can, since the less light pollution you have to contend with, the better. Wyoming would be great, if you could swing it. Otherwise, try this Dark Sky finder.

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If you can't get too far away from Los Angeles or stay out too late, try to go to the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon open space preserve. Starting at 8 pm, a group will meet at the Victory trailhead and go on a half-mile walk to a viewing spot and stick around there for two hours. You can reach the trailhead from the 101 by heading North on Valley Circle Boulevard, and then taking a left on Victory Boulevard. The trailhead is at the end of Victory and parking is $5. For more info, call (310) 858-7272 ext. 131.