“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.” –Walt Whitman
Every once in a while, the Earth hurtles through the orbital path of a comet or asteroid, with the Sun having torn tiny bits of debris from the parent body. As a result, the Earth strikes these dusty fragments at speeds often exceeding a hundred thousand miles-per-hour, resulting in a tremendous light show: meteor showers!
Most people wind up disappointed in meteor showers for two reasons: they don’t know what to expect and they don’t know how to view them. So I’ve done my best to fix that, by explaining exactly where they come from, what the science behind them is and giving you tips and tricks for how to optimize your viewing experience.