The big highlight for August stargazing is the annual Perseid meteor shower. It’s one of the best of the year as our world crosses into a dense debris trail left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle that last passed through this part of the solar system in 1992.

The Perseids get going the first few days of August, but this year there’s a full moon at the same time. Most of the meteors, or “shooting stars,” will be lost in the glare of lunar light.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and retired broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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