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Where to watch the incredible Perseid Meteor Shower in Denver

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 13:44:59-04

DENVER -- The most powerful scene from the Perseid meteor shower will be visible at the end of the second week of August, with action in the sky being brightest on Thursday and Friday nights.

Scenes from the meteor shower are actually leftover dust particles from the tail of the Comet Swift Tuttle. Earth enters the path of the comet each year between July and late August. 

NASA experts predict bursts of meteors falling from the sky at a rate of between 150 and 200 per hour on Thursday and into Friday. 

In order to see those beautiful meteors in Denver, onlookers will need to escape the city -- and the bright lights that come with it. 

Here are four great places from which to watch the showers: 

Castlewood Canyon: Although the trails of the Canyon close to the public at 9 p.m., the general Canyon area is the perfect candidate to avoid light pollution. 

Rist Canyon near Fort Collins: Northern and western Colorado will have the best chances of seeing the meteor shower due to cloud cover, so Fort Collins' Rist Canyon is a great candidate for stargazing. 

Boulder Canyon: Getting away from the lights in Boulder might be trickier than it seems, but Boulder Canyon should be a great place to do so. 

Aurora Reservoir: Close to the metro area and picturesque, this location is far enough away from Denver and Aurora to see the beautiful meteor shower -- so long as clouds cooperate.