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Planets, moon, meteors to grace sky tonight

Aug 11, 2010 9:24:00 PM - thestate.com

. Stargazers who cast their eyes skyward tonightshould enjoy two-for-one celestial treats.

A heavenly threesome will appear after dusk, when a trio of planets glides above a fragile crescent moon. Later, the fabled Perseid meteor shower will adorn the night with up to 50 shooting stars an hour.

“This is the astronomy night of the summer,” said Arnold Pearlstein, who writes an astronomy column for the Sun Sentinel and teaches science for Miami-Dade schools. “The Perseid is one of the top showers of the year.”

The show begins at twilight, with the glow of the setting sun still on the horizon. Three planets — Mars, Venus and Saturn — will gather in the west near a lopsided crescent moon like the discombobulated components of a celestial smiley face.

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