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It was a sad weekend for the local sports community. Our condolences to the family and friends of Joseph White, who covered the local NFL team for the Associated Press and died at age 56. And Washington Times sports intern Katelyn Davis, who also passed away Saturday in her sleep at age 18

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Tonight you can see the best meteor shower of the year. 

Thanks to pieces of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle that hit our atmosphere, the Perseid meteor shower will streak across the sky. They are called Perseids because they radiate the constellation Perseus, which is named after the Greek hero who slew Medusa. While the Perseids began showering in late July and go into late August, NASA says the peak night is tonight, the 12th. You’ll see 15 to 20 meteors an hour. 

When should you look? Best time to see the fireballs is between 2 a.m. and dawn. If you have to be up early Tuesday, just go out after dark. But know you won’t see as many. (FYI: NASA isn’t recommending telescopes or binoculars for gazing.) 

Where should you look? Up. Seriously, Perseids can generally be seen across the sky—no need to look in a specific direction. 

Unfortunately, the nearly full moon will dim this year’s light show, reducing the number of meteors we’ll see. The average at peak is usually 60 meteors per hour. So do your best to find somewhere dark to watch Perseids. 

Because it’s 2019, you could also stream the show on YouTube starting at 9 p.m. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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