There is a big moment for outdoor-lovers taking place this August—The Perseids. Considered by NASA as one of the best meteor showers of the year, The Perseids happen each summer when the Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by the comet, Swift-Tuttle. During peak times, 50 to 80 quick small streaks of flying light pass through the sky every hour. This year, the Perseids will peak from August 11 to 13. The team of outdoor experts at Hipcamp has put together some tips for stargazing, perfect for the upcoming meteor showers. —Vita Daily
no special tools required. To get a glimpse of the Perseids meteor shower, simply look up! Don’t get too hung up on where in the sky the meteors are coming from. As long as you are in a dark, open space (note: avoid large trees), you’ll get a great view of the show!
do not disturb. It can take up to 20 minutes for your eyes to adapt to the night’s darkness, so avoid looking at your phone and keep flashlights off. Bright, harsh light can degrade your night vision.
good things come to those who wait. Meteors are a natural phenomenon, and there is no way to predict how many you’ll see or when they’ll appear. When it comes to meteor showers, there are busy spurts and lulls, so we recommend spending at least an hour taking in the night sky.