Enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower With These 5 Tips

meteor showerIt's that time of year again. The ever-trusty Perseid Meteor Shower is upon us -- overnight, tonight into tomorrow, just before the full moon reaches its potential brightness, to be exact. And of course, you're planning on watching.

So, what are you gonna do? Aim for a zen-like moment and take it in yourself, hoping some of the answers to life's great questions will come to you during it? Or will you grab a sixer and some buds and make a thing of it?

Doesn't matter. There's no wrong way to watch a meteor shower. Especially when you've got these five great tips.


Get a comfortable seat. This is particularly important this year, as it may be a bit harder to catch the meteors because of the insanely bright moon (have you seen that thing lately?). See, the Perseids don’t rain down out of the sky; they appear every few minutes, and this year, we might only see the really bright ones (which are kind of rare) and the very bright fireballs due to the moon and her unbearable lightness. In other words, you could be sitting out there for a while.

The best bet is to get a reclining chaise lounge, an airbed, or something soft to lay back and relax on. Some people use their trampolines as observing platforms, so smoke 'em if you've got 'em.

Dress warmly. In the same vein, you want to be dressed comfortably. Yeah, I know it's August, but it still gets cold at night. Bring out some blankets and throw on a couple of layers, so you're not inside getting a sweatshirt while an amazing fireball whizzes past.

Stock up on snacks and, of course, booze. Because a party without snacks and booze really isn't a party.

Ditch the bright lights. It's bad enough we've got that ridiculous moon to compete with. Your chances of getting a really good look at some of the meteors is if there aren't any lights around. This means no flashlights, floodlights, and try to avoid looking directly at the moon.

Know when and where to look. If you stay out there long enough, you're bound to see some of the shower, but if you camp out during the pre-dawn dark on August 11, 12, or 13, your chances are much better. Also, after midnight, try looking towards the East/Northeast part of the sky.

That's all I got, folks. Enjoy the shower!

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