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TONIGHT! Perseid Meteor Shower - 80 shooting stars each hour!

 
Anonymous Coward
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TONIGHT! Perseid Meteor Shower - 80 shooting stars each hour!
ScienceDaily (Aug. 12, 2008) — The evening of the 12th

At its peak and in a clear, dark sky up to 80 ‘shooting stars’ or meteors may be visible each hour. Meteors are the result of small particles entering the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and in the case of the Perseid shower these come from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which was last in the vicinity of the Earth in 1992. To the eye, the meteors appear to originate from a ‘radiant’ in the constellation of Perseus, hence the name Perseid.

Although the Perseids peak on the 12th August, the shower can be seen for some time either side of that date and it is worth looking out for them the night before (i.e. from the evening of 11th August). To see the meteor shower, look towards the north-eastern sky from 2200 BST onwards. In clear weather and away from the light pollution of major cities, it should be possible to see a meteor at least every few minutes, with most appearing as brief streaks of light. The waxing gibbous Moon will be in the evening sky but will have set by 0130 BST on the morning of the maximum so its light will not interfere with the view after that time.

Perhaps best of all, and unlike many astronomical phenomena, meteors are best seen with the unaided eye, rather than through a telescope or binoculars and are perfectly safe to watch.

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Re: TONIGHT! Perseid Meteor Shower - 80 shooting stars each hour!
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I'm an idiot. What is BST time? I am PST time. Could you give both? Thanks in advance.
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08/12/2008 09:29 PM
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Re: TONIGHT! Perseid Meteor Shower - 80 shooting stars each hour!
It was 4am this morning.
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Cool!!:)



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Well DANG! LOL Won't there be some trailers or something I could see tonight if it's clear? Geez I sure missed the boat on that one! LOL Thanks Kevin.
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08/12/2008 09:42 PM
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Re: TONIGHT! Perseid Meteor Shower - 80 shooting stars each hour!
Keeping my ass awake until 3am last night to watch the Peak of this shower, it was a disappointing sprinkle, much less shower.

Granted, I live in the mountains and the entire milky-way disk was visible. It was an exceptionally clear evening. Did you know, when it's that clear, the milky way looks like a gigantic skull? Tripped me out to see, even though sobriety was the non-drug of the evening.

Anyways, perhaps it was those city lights drowning out my view to 8 an hour, at which time my neck was about to snap (to many ticks, not enough mature trees for a hammock.)

Venting for the past 10 or so astronomical events which were obscured by clouds.

Will smoke a bowl and try tonight, may have better results, or at least it will make it not seem like a waste of time.

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