When the sky lights up with shooting stars in August, it's that time of the year again: the annual Perseid meteor shower. Here's what to know before looking skyward.
The Perseid meteor shower is as regular as clockwork. It peaks August 12, same as last year. This time we can expect to see twice as many shooting stars, perhaps even a "double peak." But there's loads we don't know.
We love to stare at the night sky during a meteor shower. It's pretty. But scientists like Thierry Courvoisier say comets and meteoroids - these primitive objects - hold secrets of our solar system.
Venus at its most brilliant, a partial lunar eclipse, a spectacular US solar eclipse and, in September, the grand finale of the Cassini mission to Saturn. The year 2017 will be one of mixed emotions for space fans.
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