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Los Angeles Times: The five best places to watch the Perseid meteor showers

From the bloggers at The Los Angeles Times.

The Perseids are coming, the Perseids are coming! The fireballs and shooting stars known as the Perseid meteor showers that peak in mid-August may be the best ever this year. For one thing, there will be little or no moon to ruin the light show. For another, they’re best seen in the Northern Hemisphere.

Peak viewing times will be the super-early morning hours of Aug. 11, 12 and 13. The later (or earlier, depending on how you look at it) you stay up, the more shooting stars you’ll see.

Here are the best places– some rough, some plush — to enjoy the Perseids.
1. National parks and forests

Dark skies abound in Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks near Southern California and on up to Yosemite and points north in the Sierra. The closest big parkland to Los Angeles is the 700,000-acre Angeles National Forest. Drive north on the Angeles Crest Highway (California 2) above La Canada Flintridge and you’re pretty much there.

To read the full story by The Los Angeles Times, click here.

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