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  Meteor: Astronomy: Meteor - Meteor Shower-PREPARING FOR A METEOR SHOWER
Posted on Saturday, December 04 @ 16:03:10 CST by astronomy
 
 
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PREPARING FOR A METEOR SHOWER

You do not need a telescope or binoculars to observe a meteor shower. The naked eye, in fact, makes the best instrument because of the large amount of sky it can take in at any one time. However, binoculars can help you locate fainter meteors.

Scan in and around the radiant zone and be on the lookout for fast flashers zipping among the stars. You may even be able to see a meteor break up in flight and leave behind a "smoke" train.

Meteor watching often involves long sessions, so it is important to be comfortable. A deck chair or recliner is an easy way to keep your head inclined at the right angle. Position yourself so you face the direction of the meteor's radiant, but do not ignore other parts of the sky. Meteors in a particular shower will sometimes appear elsewhere in the sky, even on the opposite side of the sky from the radiant. This is why it can be especially worthwhile to monitor a meteor shower in a group, with each observer facing a different direction.

 
 
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