The annual August meteor shower peaks Sunday morning.
Every August, in the wee early hours of the twelfth morning, the Perseid meteor shower delights. We go out around 2am, when the Earth is turning directly into the trail of comet exhaust that creates the shower.
This year promises to hold ideal conditions. Unlike last year, the moon will be a non-factor, low and barely a crescent. The weather should be clear and with only one fire in the region, smoke will be minimal.
The following is my list of essential meteor gazing gear:
The last is the most important. Meteor showers are often referred to with a rate per hour. This gives the false impression that there is a steady pace to the streaking stars. But, in reality, they come in bunches, with lulls in between which can be disheartening. Give yourself time to see the best the show has to offer.
What are your essentials?
Brief Update: The night was gorgeous. Clear, calm and a late appearance by the Crescent Luna and Venus. The count was around 45-50 an hour. One might even say the stars were aligned.