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Aug 12, 2016 8:01 PM

Perseid meteor shower a spectacle in NH this year with the help of planet Jupiter


The Perseid meteor shower dazzles stargazers each August, but this year's show was even more spectacular, in part because of the gravitational pull of Jupiter.

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A few times each century, Jupiter makes the show a bit more interesting. This year is one of them, as Jupiter's gravitational pull is sending three debris streams from comet passes into a direct collision course with earth.

In the United States, the result is a stunning show of meteors - a result of debris dating back nearly a thousand years.

Weather conditions in New Hampshire were very good Thursday night for viewing. Friday night, expect more clouds in the sky. However, if you are able to find a patch of cloudless sky, look up. It may take a few moments for your eyes to adjust to the dark, but once they do, be prepared for a dazzling show.

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