|Perseid meteors over the ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile - Photo: S. Guisard|
To see this light show best, find a dark place, away from city lights. You don't need a telescope or binoculars. The best tool for watching this show is just your naked eyes. Lie on your back and look up (I like imagining that I'm floating in space and the entire Earth is my giant backpack, but that is just me). It can take about 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness. You should start to see shooting stars... as many as 50 per hour. Go on and give it a try. The peaks from August 11-13, so don't miss it. ...and to all you space dust particles from Swift-Tuttle, watch out for that big blue marble headed toward you!