|Perseid meteor (8/12/09)|
by Nick Ares
Meteors are the result of small particles that enter the atmosphere which heat the air around them resulting in the characteristic streak of light. The material for these meteors comes from the Comet Swift-Tuttle but in the night sky the comets appear to originate from the constellation of Perseus hence the name Perseid.
In order to best see the shower you should get away from city lights, if possible, then get comfortable in a reclining chair and look up! Unlike other celestial events your eyes are the best tool for viewing a meteor shower.