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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016: Amazing Photos by Skywatchers (Gallery)

Perseids Over Japan

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

The 2016 Perseid meteor shower will appear to radiate out from the constellation Perseus as shown in this sky map from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. The Perseids will peak on Aug. 12, 2016. Related: The 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower: When, Where & How to See It.

What Are Meteor Showers?

Karl Tate, SPACE.com contributor

Learn why famous meteor showers like the Perseids and Leonids occur every year [See the Full Infographic Here].

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