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Your Last, Best Chance to View 2010's Perseid Meteor Shower

LAKE MEAD NRA, NV - AUGUST 12: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky early August 12, 2008 near Rogers Spring in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. The meteor display, known as the Perseid shower because it appears to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Tuesday morning was considered the peak of the shower, which is visible every August. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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LAKE MEAD NRA, NV: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky early August 12, 2008 near Rogers Spring in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada.
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If you were procrastinating, the clock is running down. Tonight pffers your last, best chance - at least until next year - to see the annual Perseid meteor shower. And tonight's sky show is expected to be that much more intense because the crescent moon is expected to disappear before the meteor showers begin. What's more, NASA astronomers say at least 80 meteors per hour will be visible during the peak display.

A couple of stargazers observe as a meteor, center, sparks while entering the earth's atmosphere, during the Perseid meteor shower early Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, in this long exposure picture taken from a mountain just south of Macedonia's capital Skopje. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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