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Meteor shower likely to be good, won't be eclipsed by moon

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Want to wish upon a shooting star? The skies over the United States are likely to cooperate for a meteor shower overnight Wednesday.

Astronomers say the lack of moonlight will help people see more of the oldest meteor shower known to Earth, the Perseids.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said the annual show will peak around 3 a.m. local time Thursday. Cooke said if the weather is good, expect one shooting star a minute, maybe more.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said the skies will be clear for an unusually large section of the U.S.

The sky show is pieces of Comet Swift-Tuttle hitting Earth's atmosphere at more than 133,000 mph and burning up. The best way to watch: lie down and look up -- no telescopes needed.

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