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). Download 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 find out what's going on.
This year's Perseids come during a crescent Moon, so the viewing will be great. "Look for the annual Perseid meteor shower to be at its best this weekend, in the dark hours before dawn on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13. We give the nod to Sunday, August 12, but any of these dates should be fine for watching this year's Perseid shower." via EarthSky. Clear Skies!
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