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Do you want to watch a meteor shower but aren't sure where to begin? One of the most common questions is "Do I need a telescope?" Nope, you just need your eyes, a dark sky and to be up before dawn (or stay up late). Dowload our handout, Heads Up! It's a Meteor Shower, and you'll get more tips for observing, a calendar of the major meteor showers and learn more about meteors.
Take note, there is a full moon on Saturday night, 8/13/11, when the Perseids are going to peak. You'll want to start watching the sky now, and read EarthSky's article on how to optimize the 2011 Perseid meteor shower. Newbies as well as advanced readers will find EarthSky's meteor shower guide for 2011 useful and enjoyable.
Finally, you can join NASA Chat: Stay 'Up All Night' to Watch the Perseids!. Chat with NASA astronomer Bill Cooke and his team from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center as they answer your questions about the Perseids via live Web chat. Join them on Friday, Aug. 12 at 11 p.m. EDT 03:00 UTC GMT then make plans to stay "up all night" until 5:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 13.