The Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight (Aug. 11 and 12) as earth passes through the long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle and it's slated to put on a spectacular show.ght! According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. They will be in "outburst" in 2016, which means they'll appear at double the usual rates.

"This year, instead of seeing about 80 Perseids per hour, the rate could top 150 and even approach 200 meteors per hour," Cooke said. It's the first such outburst since 2009.

Calhoun's residents who live in one of few USA "dark sky" areas could get a spectacular view.

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