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Look Up! Brand New Meteor Shower Expected Overnight

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Composite Photograph of all visible Perseid meteor activity on August 12, 2013 from 2:28 - 3:32am, as seen from Bracebridge Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. (credit: istock) File

Composite Photograph of all visible Perseid meteor activity on August 12, 2013 from 2:28 – 3:32am, as seen from Bracebridge Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. (credit: istock) File

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Keep your eyes on the skies!

Astronomy clubs in metro Detroit were preparing, Friday, for a brand new meteor shower expected to be in sight overnight.

David Holt with the Oakland Astronomy Club says, if you want to see it, set up the lawn chairs and set your alarm for 2 a.m.

He told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Brian Larsen that conditions should be good for the show.

“It’s suppose to be clear,” he said, adding that the best viewing should be between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday to see, “streaks of light …  shooting stars as we call it.”

Another tip: Don’t wear a brimmed hat.

So, where to look?

“The real secret to seeing these things is keeping your eyes open and looking across the entire sky the entire time, while facing sort of north,” Holt said. “They will appear to be coming from the direction of a particular constellation.”

Meantime, Charles Nelson,  president of the “Low Brow Astronomers” at University of Michigan, says it tough to predict what the shower will be like.

“We don’t really know what to expect. It could really be nothing more than just the random meteors we would see on any given night,” he said. “Or, it could turn out to be a pretty spectacular show.”

Both Nelson and Holt agree that the shower will best be seen with the naked eye; no telescope or binoculars needed.

[Learn more about meteor showers and when to see them HERE]

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