Meteor Shower Calendar for 2016 ~ How to Watch a Meteor Shower
Skywatch ~ A Chance of Showers
Watching “shooting stars” can be an enjoyable, if unpredictable, outdoor activity during meteor showers. You may see only a few fleeting meteors, or you may see several, or even a fireball! Best times for observing is after midnight.
How to Watch a Meteor Shower
Dress warmly: Since most showers occur during the coldest hours of night, be sure to to wear extra layers to ward off the chill.
Get comfortable. A reclining outdoor chair or blanket will make a long night of meteor-watching more enjoyable, and your neck muscles will thank you in the morning.
Look straight up. The best way to watch a meteor shower is not to strain your eyes at the shower's radiant — the patch of the sky where it appears to emanate from. Looking straight up is the best method to see any meteors or fireballs during the night.
Sources: EarthSky, SPACE.com
The night is cold and moonless. Stars twinkle in frosty stillness. My breath rises from my lips as a thick fog, circling my head before it dissipates into the silence.
I am out late in the dark, standing on a butte more than a mile from the nearest street light, because there's a chance of showers. Meteor showers.
Falling stars, or meteors, are not uncommon. You can catch site of one almost any night of the year, and some are even large enough and bright enough to break the light of day. But showers of meteors -- when long streaks of flame arc across the heavens not once, but many times -- are another matter. Most of these are caused by clouds of dust left in the path of passing comets and they come round again like the seasons, year after year.
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