If you missed last night's Perseid meteor shower—which NASA is calling one of the year's best—you have another chance to catch it tonight. The peak viewing period may have passed, but you still have one last chance to catch the display of shooting stars tonight (specifically, after 10pm).
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If you were at all confused as to whether you spotted any meteors last night, well then, uh, you probably didn't. The meteors are fast-moving and characterized by their long trains—nothing like your everyday stars. "They may even be accompanied by a smoke trail or sonic boom," said CBC Radio Astrology Columnist Andrew Fazekas.
The best way to spot them? Lie down on a grassy patch, let your retinas adjust, and look toward the northeast, to the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus. You won't need binoculars to view this show of cosmic dust, and you'll catch the most dazzling set between 3am and dawn.
Live in a densely populated city, and light pollution a problem? Then a short drive to the outskirts of the city might be worth it. Same goes if overcast conditions killed your romantic expectations last night.
And speaking of light pollution: keep those iPhones and cameras at home, or at their lowest resolution, lest you ruin your dark-adjusted retinas. What Insta update could be better than the #nofilter show happening before your eyes, anyway?
Michelle Nois an editorial assistant at Supercompressor and wishes she lived in a home with a porch right about now. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.