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Get the Best Views of Meteor Showers with These Tips

Great ways to watch one of nature's awe inspiring shows.

Once in a while, our planet will pass through debris and remnants from comets or asteroids. The result: meteor showers lighting up the night sky. While you can look out your home window and you might see a streak of light as the bits of meteors burn up in our atmosphere, follow these tips to really see the meteor showers! August has a few showers radiating from different parts of the skies.

1. Best time to view a meteor shower is around midnight to dawn.

2. Stay away from lights! Ride out to the country and find a big patch of space (don’t go into a forest). If the moon is out and bright, try to put something like a building or a tall tree between you and the moon.

3. Be patient. It can take up to 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the night. Even then, the falling debris doesn’t exactly burn up on your schedule. Sometimes you can go several minutes without see a shooting star.

4. Get comfy! Invest in a reclining chair or lay out on the hood of your car. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Bundle up if it is cold outside. If you’re out in the country, bring some insect repellent and maybe bear spray.

If you’re looking for more tips to view meteor showers, click here.

Stay safe and have fun seeing these rare and awe inspiring wonders of mother nature.