When the Earth passes through the trail of dust and debris usually left by a comet, a meteor shower occurs. It's a great opportunity to grab a few friends and watch them together, as the more eyes you employ the better to spot them.
Although meteor showers do appear from specific directions, you can simply lie back and look up to observe them. To give yourself the best chance to see a shower, head away from light polluted sites and towards a place where you can see as much of the sky as possible. You won't need any equipment to see them, but it's a good idea to record the path, characteristics and estimated brightness of any shooting stars you do see.
Of all the meteor showers due to occur over the course of the new season there are a few that stand out as the ones to try and see if the weather is good. *■
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