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Title: Perseid Meteor shower
Post by: Nickel2 on August 08, 2015, 09:10:02 PM
Hi All,

It's Perseid time again!
 Comet Swift-Tuttle shed a load of bits and pieces at some stage and we are due to see these interact with the earths atmosphere. This year the moon will not be so full, so there should be some good viewing. Some say as many as 100 per hour. Set your alarm clock, fill the thermos and put out the deck-chairs.

http://www.universetoday.com/121599/kick-back-look-up-were-in-for-a-great-perseid-meteor-shower/

N2


Title: Re: Perseid Meteor shower
Post by: desperate on August 08, 2015, 09:23:23 PM
Camera at the ready, but guess what the weather is forecast to do midweek facepalm facepalm

still they might be wrong :crossed

Desp


Title: Re: Perseid Meteor shower
Post by: bxman on August 08, 2015, 09:33:03 PM
Thanks Nickel2

Is there anything with a UK timing from what I could see it peaks at 3 AM  CDT in the States .

cheers Patrick


Title: Re: Perseid Meteor shower
Post by: Nickel2 on August 09, 2015, 10:52:36 AM
I had an early night last night then got up at 3 am and saw bargger all for 15 mins. tumble:

I suspect that the night sky is the same throughout the northern hemisphere, so just before dawn would probably apply anywhere also. ;)

Goggle  < best time to view the Perseids 2015 > and scout around.


Title: Re: Perseid Meteor shower
Post by: desperate on August 09, 2015, 03:56:04 PM
I had an early night last night then got up at 3 am and saw bargger all for 15 mins. tumble:

I suspect that the night sky is the same throughout the northern hemisphere, so just before dawn would probably apply anywhere also. ;)

Goggle  < best time to view the Perseids 2015 > and scout around.
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I saw loads of them from 3.20 to 3.35 Nickel stir: stir:

Just kidding, that's the way meteor watching goes, you stare at the sky for 15mins and the second you look down to have a slurp of tea, a massive bolide lights up the sky facepalm facepalm

Desp


Title: Re: Perseid Meteor shower
Post by: Nickel2 on August 09, 2015, 08:33:06 PM
That is the way it is.
Some spend their lives waiting for the perfect sunset, others are waiting for the perfect woman, gliders waiting  for the perfect day, fishermen the perfect swim. I stood for 15 minutes waiting and looking skywards. Nothing. I go back to bed, then suddenly dozens come along at once. Meteors/ites are like buses, you wait for ages then there are 3 at once.
<Sigh>


Title: Re: Perseid Meteor shower
Post by: Ivan on August 09, 2015, 08:49:47 PM
My favourite shower of the year - they're bright, leave trails, and most importantly, it's often fairly warm, ideal for watching outside. Last year, I lay down on a sunlounger, which is perfect for avoiding neck pain when staring at the sky for half an hour or more.


Title: Re: Perseid Meteor shower
Post by: Ivan on August 13, 2015, 06:59:48 PM
Went out last night (forgot to fix the sunlounger, so stiff-neck instead). Saw about 30, including many very bright ones, and one that broke up into 3 pieces, which I've never seen before. This year, the bright ones all seemed to be an orange colour, whereas they've always seemed blue in previous years. Not sure why that would be. I assume it's down to the speed they hit the atmosphere.