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Perseids 2008


Darren Bown

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  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Merseyside
  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Merseyside

    Just a quick topic that the Perseid meteor shower is at its peak tomorrow night after midnight (and when the moon has set) but for many tonight is looking the best night to view them.

    I will check the sky for them if it's clear after midnight tonight :)

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  • Location: Lake District at the foot of Blencathra 610 ft asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow & Ice
  • Location: Lake District at the foot of Blencathra 610 ft asl

    Which part of the sky is the best to look for them

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  • Location: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Location: Glasgow, Scotland
    Which part of the sky is the best to look for them

    They radiate out from the area around the Constellation of Perseus, which will be NE, about 25 degrees above the horizon (from the UK) just after midnight. So look generally North Easterly and expect to see "shooting stars" that radiate away from the area you are looking at.

    Naked eye is best, perhaps supplemented with wide angle, low power binoculars, as these fellas move fast, and only last about a second. If you are lucky you might see the odd fireball or two, where a streak of fire is left hanging across the sky for several seconds after the object has burned up in our upper atmosphere.

    Probably cloudy here tonight (Glasgow) but here's hoping.

    Tom

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  • Location: Lake District at the foot of Blencathra 610 ft asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow & Ice
  • Location: Lake District at the foot of Blencathra 610 ft asl
    They radiate out from the area around the Constellation of Perseus, which will be NE, about 25 degrees above the horizon (from the UK) just after midnight. So look generally North Easterly and expect to see "shooting stars" that radiate away from the area you are looking at.

    Naked eye is best, perhaps supplemented with wide angle, low power binoculars, as these fellas move fast, and only last about a second. If you are lucky you might see the odd fireball or two, where a streak of fire is left hanging across the sky for several seconds after the object has burned up in our upper atmosphere.

    Probably cloudy here tonight (Glasgow) but here's hoping.

    Tom

    Thanks for that

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    I forgot about the Perseids, thanks for reminding me.

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  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Merseyside
  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Merseyside

    Well saw nothing last night as it was so cloudy! But, been quite lucky to have some breaks this evening, which may continue this overnight for a bit before the rain arrives, I will keep an eye out again B)

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    No chance here this evening, a veil of cloud obscuring everything, though there were breaks here too earlier and saw the yellow moon.

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  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Merseyside
  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Merseyside

    I have cxlear skies to my SW atm spreading across the sky! My prayers may have been answered! :lol:

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    Saw a couple before it clouded over, but I didn't have the best viewing position having to look out of a window. I'm hoping for clear skies for the Geminids now!

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  • Location: Rossland BC Canada
  • Location: Rossland BC Canada

    Had perfectly clear skies for it here, but it seems like a weaker display than past years. I was watching from 1:30 to 1:45 am local time just now, and saw one moderately bright fireball. Often in the past I have seen half a dozen or more in that length of time. Oh well ... maybe next year.

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  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Merseyside
  • Location: Newton-le-Willows, Warrington, Merseyside

    May clear up again tonight for a small display, last night i saw 4 in all in about 40 mins, but that was in streetlit streets out of a window!

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  • Location: Warwick and Hull
  • Location: Warwick and Hull

    I saw about 6 last night.. but my window faces south (if i ever find the goon who designed my house...) so that probably harmed my chances.

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    According to IMO, activity peaked at 130 meteors per hour which is actually higher than last year.

    2007

    2008

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