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Watching the Perseid meteor shower this weekend? Share your night-sky photos

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Will you be watching the skies for meteors this weekend?

If so, you're in luck. NASA says the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks Saturday and Sunday nights, will be the best show of the year. Hundreds of shooting stars -- along with Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon -- will be visible to viewers across North America.

"We expect to see meteor rates as high as a hundred per hour," NASA's Bill Cooke says.

Cooke advises space enthusiasts to look for meteors just before dawn in the eastern sky and avoid city lights. A trip to the dark skies in the countryside will yield three times as many visible meteors.

Share your photos

If you're watching for Perseids, share your photos and timelapse photography on Flickr here. The best shots may be featured on Yahoo! News.

Need help? Tecca has published a good tutorial on photographing meteors.

No meteor pics? Share your photos of other celestial phenomena

Even if you're not a big fan of meteors, we're still publishing photographers' snapshots of the night sky. Share your photos on Flickr; the best-of shots may be spotlighted on Yahoo! News.

Where are the prime night-sky viewing locations near you?

If you're a frequent star-gazer, Yahoo! News wants to know about your favorite night-sky viewing spots near you. Check out these locations we've highlighted so far. If you're interested in participating, join Yahoo! Contributor Network and write about the top spots near you. We'll add them to our list.

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