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Old 08-12-2007, 12:40 PM   #1
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perseid meteor shower tonight! august 12th!

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2...atperseids.htm

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The show begins between 9:00 and 10:00 pm on Sunday, August 12th, when Perseus rises in the northeast. This is the time to look for Perseid Earthgrazers--meteors that approach from the horizon and skim the atmosphere overhead like a stone skipping the surface of a pond.

"Earthgrazers are long, slow and colorful; they are among the most beautiful of meteors," says Cooke. He cautions that an hour of watching may net only a few of these--"at most"--but seeing even one makes the long night worthwhile.

As the night unfolds, Perseus climbs higher and the meteor rate will increase many-fold. "By 2 am on Monday morning, August 13th, dozens of Perseids may be flitting across the sky every hour." The crescendo comes before dawn when rates could exceed a meteor a minute.
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They are absolutely gorgeous. Just before dawn. I've got a long night ahead of me.
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Everytime something like this happens, it's always cloudy so I miss it.

Last night it was perfectly clear and I could see the stars through my window when I went to bed.
My room faces east too
Taurus is in the east too. That's interesting
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we've got almost perfect viewing conditions here but i live almost near downtown so it's pretty bright around here.
i hope there's enough meteors that i'll get to see a few of them from my parking lot.
i didn't plan ahead this year otherwise i would have taken the day off but luckily i don't go in to work till 2pm so i can stay up a little late.
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I have to be at work at 8:am and I have to drop my car off for oil change first. No sleep for me. Of course it's going to be cloudy.
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Anyone know what time it's meant to appear at in the UK/Ireland? I think it's 3am.. going to set my alarm for about 2. Don't want to sleep through it even if the clouds do cover it up!
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Anyone know what time it's meant to appear at in the UK/Ireland? I think it's 3am.. going to set my alarm for about 2. Don't want to sleep through it even if the clouds do cover it up!
According to the link ABEL posted, it says it starts at 9pm in any time-zone.
Does that mean all time zones or just the 4 USA time zones?
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Everytime something like this happens, it's always cloudy so I miss it.

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I don't know I thought it said on BBC news that it was at 3am.. checked a few websites it says that it will be visable between 9pm-3am.. others say 12 midnight-3am! Guess I might have to stay up all night afterall
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We went out last night (early this morning?) from 2:00-2:30 a.m. and saw three. Too bad I have to work in the morning and can't go out again tonight.
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I want to see this it will be a long night indeed, I hope I can stay up that long.
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I'll try and catch this tonight, thanks for the info.
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Perseids are hit and miss every year. Some years are spectacular, the next may not. I'm not sure there is an explanation for this. But it seems to be best in the hours before dawn. I saw the best shower of my life in '94 because I was up at 4 am feeding my 2 month old. When she fell asleep, I remembered the Perseids, walked outside and saw many meteors, including a few large flaming ? meteors. I'd never seen a shooting star like those, it was literally breathtaking and very exciting. Haven't seen anything like it since, though I've missed a few years. Definitely recommend checking to see how it's going, if you can stay up.
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4 a.m but I'll try
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Perseids are hit and miss every year. Some years are spectacular, the next may not. I'm not sure there is an explanation for this. But it seems to be best in the hours before dawn. I saw the best shower of my life in '94 because I was up at 4 am feeding my 2 month old. When she fell asleep, I remembered the Perseids, walked outside and saw many meteors, including a few large flaming ? meteors. I'd never seen a shooting star like those, it was literally breathtaking and very exciting. Haven't seen anything like it since, though I've missed a few years. Definitely recommend checking to see how it's going, if you can stay up.
yeah i think 94 was the first year i saw the perseid meteor shower too.
it was almost like a religious experience hehe!
literally huge fireballs across the sky like something out of star trek.
it all depends on where you are in the angle of the tail of the comet.
the meteors are left overs from the tail of the swift-tuttle commet.
if you're more in the direct path or the earth is pointed at the right angle you see more meteors.
the reason they think this years will be a little better is because there is no moon visible.

honestly the leonid meteor shower in november is my favorite meteor shower and the one which you are almost guaranteed to see more meteors.
but the weather is colder then too so the perseids are always nice in the warmer weather.
but crisp cool autumn/winter nights actually make for better astronomical viewing cuz there's less moisture and other muck in the atmosphere.

the 'flaming' meteors are referred to as fireballs.
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