Tonight is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Showers. This phenomenon graces the summer skies from mid-July to mid-August. Last Saturday night, we had neighbors over to sit around a campfire and watch for meteors. Everyone got to see a few. Tonight is the peak of the showers, and there should be lots of chances to see one if you live in area of dark night skies and the clouds are gone. Get a comfortable chair or blanket. Have some bug repellent on hand. Turn off the lights and and enjoy. The combination of "shooting stars", fire flies, and chirping katydids is wonderful. If you have to get up early tomorrow, or it is cloudy tonight, don't despair. Go out any night this weekend and you should still see some (if not many).
I will be camping this weekend with friends. Although I love watching the flames of a campfire, I will be watching the skies as we chat and listen to the katydids.
Over the years I have witnessed many wonderful Perseid displays. The best was the summer Maureen and I were married. We were camping at Tahquamenon Falls, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The moon was New, and the skies bright with stars. We laid on a picnic table and saw a shooting star on average every 45 seconds. If that was not good enough; a Whip-poor-will called only a few dozen yards away from our campsite.