Meteor shower viewing can be fun for people of all ages. A meteor shower gazer doesn’t need any special equipment to see meteors (also known as falling stars). Here are some meteor shower viewing tips to help you see the next meteor shower.
When do you look? Most meteor showers can be seen best after midnight and before dawn. (see our definition of midnight) A simple explanation of why this is true is because between these times the Earth is turning into the path of meteoroids as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere thus increasing their speed and intensifying the light they shed. You can read another article named: -When to look- for more details and this article -Meteor Shower FAQ-.
Where do you look? You can see meteor showers virtually anywhere in the sky. The best place to start is near the radiant of the meteor shower. (Check out our -Meteor Glossary- for some meteor related terms such as: radiant).
What causes a meteor shower? Meteor showers are commonly associated with a parent comet. The dust and rock particles known as meteoroids that follow the orbit of a comet enter our Earth’s atmosphere at relatively the same time each year and become meteors, when they actually land on the Earth they are then called meteorites.
To find the best time to view meteors I suggest looking at our website and reading information about the days of the month when the meteor shower will be the strongest. If you can’t find the information you need, you can always ask questions or comment on any of the many meteor articles on the site. I try to respond promptly to every person’s needs, just bookmark the site and check the page where you commented to view my response.
Meteor Shower Viewing
Some final thoughts. Meteor shower viewing is pretty easy actually, grab a lawn chair, allow time for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, look up into the night sky and dress appropriately for the temperature in your area. I always suggest viewing in a place that is safe, dark and free from man-made lights.
Lastly, stay positive, enjoy a great celestial event and most importantly, keep your head up!
- Meteor Mark