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The best spots to watch the meteor showers this fall

September 30, 2018

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The Orionids, which will peak around October 21, can be visible anywhere on Earth. They can appear all across the sky. The Leonids, which you’ll be able to see around November 17, are also visible around the world, but it may be easier to spot them in the Northern Hemisphere. To be able to see either phenomenon, you need one thing above all – really dark skies. (This story originally appeared on The Active Times.)
(Hristina Byrnes, The Active Times)




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