The XKCD Guide to Meteor Showers
Since the #perseids
Meteor Shower is this weekend, I thought sharing this handy guide from www.xkcd.com
would be fitting.
If you want to catch the Perseids, find a nice quiet (and dark) site, away from city lights. Bring some comfortable lawn chairs. If you can, use lawn/camping chairs that can lay flat, or nearly flat.
Best viewing is after midnight local time, and you'll want to look to the north-east if you want to see the meteors originating from the "radiant" of Perseus. That being said, try to have as much sky visible as possible, since meteors can appear from most every direction during a meteor shower.
If you want to being a telescope or binoculars, you can view the milky way overhead, however you may want to just leave your gear at home and just enjoy the meteor shower.
You can expect anywhere from 40 to over 100 meteors per hour during the peak of a Meteor shower. Be patient, relax, and enjoy time away from the computer. I've found the more relaxed and calm you are, the more meteors become visible.
Most importantly, keep looking up! Fun Fact
Over 100 tons
of material from space burns up in our atmosphere each day! #perseids2013 #scienceeveryday #meteorshower