The Perseid meteor shower will be peaking overnight next Tuesday/Wednesday. If you happen to head north of us, to a place where there is little light pollution from these more heavily populated areas, you should be able to enjoy the celestial show.
NASA has a brief, but informative video on the Perseid meteor showers and the upcoming "supermoon."
We might as well read a celestial poem today, don't you think? Here's one from a book by Douglas Florian called Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings [J 811.54 FLO]:
On a clear night you might try
To gaze upon the starry sky.
A telescope or binoculars are
Great aids to observe a star.
To find your way it's good to sight
Upon a star that's very bright,
Like Sirius or Canopus,
Alpha Centauri or Arcturus.
You may see a planet or
A flash of light from a meteor.
Use a constellation chart
To help you tell the stars apart.
Start out when the day is done.
Most of all: Have lots of fun!
Now visit the heavenly Mary Lee at A Year of Reading, for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.