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Watching a Meteor Shower With Your Children

This brief article tells parents what to expect when they take their children to see a meteor shower. While meteor-watching can be a fun family outing, it’s important to manage expectations and focus on the quality of the experience rather than on how many shooting stars are seen.

Spending an evening watching for shooting stars with your children sounds like a fun activity — and it can be, if you’re realistic about what you’re likely to see and manage your children’s (and your own) expectations accordingly.

  • The best time to look for shooting stars is on a clear, moonless night during one of the major annual meteor showers. The most reliable showers include:
  • The Lyrids, which begin around April 16 and continue through April 26….the Perseids….and the Geminids…
  • The best time for meteor-watching is between midnight and dawn…
  • You’ll increase your chances of seeing meteors if you’re away from city and suburban lights…
  • The best position for meteor watching is lying down….
  • Don’t expect to see a shower of stars…
  • Don’t place too much importance on seeing a shooting star…. Focus on the experience and the quality of the time you’re spending together instead. If you approach it with the right attitude, meteor-spotting could become a special activity that you and your children enjoy over and over again across many years.

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