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Haze from smoke to diminish meteor viewing

August 13, 2018 GMT

A smoky haze from wildfires in Canada and the western U.S. will mar viewing tonight of what was otherwise supposed to be a good night for watching the Perseid meteor shower.

Brett Albright, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, said there probably will be enough haze in the night sky to diminish the number of visible meteors.

Albright said the thickest layer of smoke will likely be across central Nebraska and northeast into South Dakota, but there will be enough stretching east to disappoint those planning to stay up late to view the night sky.

The Perseids peak tonight on a moonless night which otherwise would have guaranteed good viewing of the annual, celestial event.

NASA is providing a live, online viewing of the Perseids.