The peak of the Perseids is this weekend, and our friends at Meteor Watch have some helpful advice:

The key to watching meteors; is to be comfortable and keep your gaze on the sky!

Find an area outside which has a wide view of the sky and away from bright lights. You want your view of the sky to be as light-free as possible to improve your chances of seeing more meteors. Also allow a few minutes for your eyes to adapt to the dark; you will then be able to see the fainter meteors which are more common.

The key to watching meteors is being comfortable and keeping your gaze on the sky. Dress warmly, because in the middle of the night and early hours of the morning, it can be quite cold. Lie on the ground on a rug, with a sleeping bag or blanket, or sit on a reclining garden chair so you can spend as much time as possible looking up without craning your neck.

Standing and looking up for long periods can be uncomfortable and will reduce your chances of seeing those ‘wow’ meteors. Try to keep your gaze on the sky for as long as possible, many people have missed that perfect meteor when they looked away. This is very annoying, especially when everyone else saw it but you didn’t!

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