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More than a thousand meteors will streak across the north country night sky throughout the weekend.

To take advantage of the spectacle, the Sci-Tech Museum is hosting its fifth annual Perseids Meteor Shower Watch at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Perch River Wildlife Management Area off Vaadi Road.

“Many people say it’s the best shower of the year, mostly because of the mild weather,” said Stephen A. Karon, the museum’s executive director. “With clear skies, you can see up to 60 meteors an hour.”

There is no limit to how many people may attend the free event.

Mr. Karon said nearly 80 attended last year’s shower watch at Thompson Park.

Spectators may stay as long as they like.

On a clear, mild-weathered night, the viewing can last up to two hours.

Sci-Tech Museum staff members will give an introduction about meteors and the best way to view them.

Throughout the night, they will give lectures about astronomy, such as finding directions using the night sky and constellation mythology.

Telescopes will be provided, but spectators may bring their own, even if they are not sure how to use them.

“We have staff who can help you use your own telescope, to get acquainted with it,” Mr. Karon said.

In addition to the meteor shower, there will be at least one opportunity to see the International Space Station and Progress, the Russian resupply spacecraft.

To get to the air monitoring site at the park, from Exit 47 of Interstate 81, follow Route 12 north for 6.5 miles. Turn right on Vaadi Road. The air monitoring site is 0.2 miles on the left.

In case of rain or overcast skies, the event will be postponed.

Call 788-2738 for a recording of whether the event will take place.

“The big issue is what the weather will turn out like,” Mr. Karon said.

Saturday night’s forecast is mostly cloudy and foggy with a low of 64 degrees and a slight breeze. There is a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the evening and after midnight, according to Weather Underground.

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