This year's breathtaking total solar eclipse may have inspired you to crane your head toward the heavens a little more often. The once-in-a-lifetime eclipse was striking, but it turns out there's more beauty left to be seen in the sky this year. Several spectacular meteor showers will provide plenty of opportunities for you to be wowed by space -- with your feet firmly planted on Earth.
In fact, witnessing the year's most dazzling meteor showers in your area is easy to plan, thanks to the abundance of information from astronomers and other expert stargazers. You just have to know when to look up and what to look for, so here's a guide to the best meteor showers 2017 has in store.
First, it's important to point out that all of the meteor showers last a relatively large span of days. Over the course of its active span, you can see countless meteors, but each shower's most dazzling night will be the peak night. That's the night when you should pack the cooler and head to the country.
There's lots of advice out there for watching meteor showers, but the most important thing you need is a dark sky. It doesn't much matter if you're in a lawn chair, in a field, or going full Wayne Campbell on the hood of your car. You need a clear dark sky to really experience the full strength of a meteor shower. The Dark Sky Finder app can be useful if you're in search of the perfect sky.