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Old 12.08.2009, 20:25
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Has somebody seen something up there in the skies last night?
I saw several last night around 22.30 in UK even within the town. Luckily we had clear sky. There should be even more tonight.
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Old 12.08.2009, 22:36
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

I saw two whizz by this evening.... in Montreux area... hope to see much more
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Old 12.08.2009, 23:21
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Is this the night when Clark Kent lands from Krypton to start the first leg of his mission to save us earthlings?
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Old 13.08.2009, 00:01
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That's not very accurate! Left can be anywhere depending on which direction you are facing!
Left is always left regardless which way you face
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Old 13.08.2009, 01:04
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

what a night! I saw dozens of falling stars, it was magic! And it's not over yet....for those of you who want to see it... go out and enjoy it's a wonderful night!
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Old 13.08.2009, 08:17
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Fantastic.....hope you all made a wish
Shall be there again tonight
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

It was amazing seen loads so made lots of wishes whilst singing Catch a falling star and put it in you pocket........
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Old 13.08.2009, 08:52
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

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That's not very accurate! Left can be anywhere depending on which direction you are facing!
Are you in the habit of hanging upside down during night hours? If so, then you have a valid point. If not, hold your arms out in front of you and see if you can work out which one is your left arm.
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Old 13.08.2009, 09:06
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

I went out around 1:30 am to the square near home, it was clear and saw some meteors, it was pretty nice. There is another "meteor shower" in November 17th, its called the Leonids.
I took some pictures yesterday however no meteor shower on it, just some stars

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Old 13.08.2009, 10:09
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Amazing! Saw around a dozen falling stars! Forgot to make any wishes since I was mesmerized
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Old 13.08.2009, 10:11
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

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Are you in the habit of hanging upside down during night hours? If so, then you have a valid point. If not, hold your arms out in front of you and see if you can work out which one is your left arm.
Statement misunderstood !!
I know which my left is, but my left can be in any direction (N-E-W-S)!
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Old 13.08.2009, 10:40
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Watching for meteors is quite clearly not my forte, I'm not exactly the most patient of people and staring at the same spot in the sky waiting for something to happen was starting to irk me somewhat The wait was justified though and we saw quite a few last night and were rewarded with a couple of very bright ones with long tails.
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Old 14.08.2009, 15:12
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Watching for meteors is quite clearly not my forte, I'm not exactly the most patient of people and staring at the same spot in the sky waiting for something to happen was starting to irk me somewhat The wait was justified though and we saw quite a few last night and were rewarded with a couple of very bright ones with long tails.
I've noticed between 12.00 and 05.00 seems to be the best time to see them, although you need to be patient. What makes them so magical is there is no warning: they've almost gone before you can react and think "Wow!"

A bottle of whisky helps pass the time
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Old 14.08.2009, 15:24
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A bottle of whisky helps pass the time
Aaaahhhh that's where I've been going wrong! Next time I'll make sure I'm in possession of some liquid refreshments to help while away the time.......
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Old 14.08.2009, 15:25
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What makes them so magical is there is no warning: they've almost gone before you can react and think "Wow!"
And yes they are quite magical...... hope you made a wish!
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Old 14.08.2009, 18:41
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Meteors

two nights ago I went up the Bishopsberg near Heiden for the show, the Swiss live mostly "down" so that leaves the pointy bits very uninhabited, it makes for a spectacular night view. I found a nice bit of field a few hundred meters away from the road along a dirt track there I parked the bike and lay on my back.
The sky was not quite dark, millions of stars can get quite bright, behind me to the south and over on the Austrian side the mountains were a inky black silhouette masking the spread of pin pricks, as my eyes got more accustomed to the dark I could clearly make out the brilliant silvery band of the milky way, a farmer had been cutting grass and the air was filled with the heady aroma of fresh hay, this is one of the places where Ricola harvest herbs for their sweets.
The night air was still quite warm and I lay on a soft bed, I wished that I had brought my sleeping bag with me.
There where so many stars that it became difficult to distinguish the constellations I soon found Ursa Major her following of circumpolar stars and Polaris herself , the Summer triangle of Wega, Deneb and Altair are now quit e low in the sky heralding the oncoming Autumn.
I went into a meditative mode and after a while it was if I myself was in space, giddy, free floating between the stars.
Jupiter was in sight and I could clearly see the Galileans. A bright spot marshalling her heard of moons.
The first streak came in from the north it was small and faint just a hairline crack in the sky, a sliver, there and then gone. That was the overture to catch my attention, they began to fall, big ones streaking across the arc screaming in incandescent fury, I am sure that I followed one of the larger ones to the ground- it vanished behind the Säntis mountain, maybe I heard a zipper sound as it tore its way, maybe it was in my imagination. Four or five big ones ripped through the atmosphere all at once followed by countless twopenny bottlerockets..
Around eleven the moon rose over the mountains in Voralrlberg a perfect half moon but enough to light up the peaks above the treeline, it reflected white in the meandering river Rhine that you could now follow to lake Constance, by half past some hooligan clouds obscured the sky and the viewing was over for the night.
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Re: Meteors

I am amazed that this has not gotten more attention. The meteor showers seen in the night sky at the moment is quite a big deal amongst astronomers.

It is the Perseid meteor shower, and is the result of the earth's orbit cutting through the debris field of Comet Swift-Tuttle. It reaches its peak now (mid August) and is a phenomenon that has been observed and tracked for centuries.

Last night we went up to Les Pleiades with some pillows and a blanket and saw no less that about 10 meteors in half-an-hour. You need to get out into the countryside, away from city- and suburb lights. It is actually quite an amazing (and somehow) forgotten evening's pastime.
Dress up warmly and be patient, these "shooting stars" are sometimes very quick. They also appear sometimes in quick succession, but you have to be patient.
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Old 16.11.2009, 16:25
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

I'm gonna try looking tonight.

Hopefully these clouds break up.
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Old 16.11.2009, 16:45
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I'm gonna try looking tonight.

Hopefully these clouds break up.
Looks like they should start around midnight, with peak around 6am:
http://leonid.arc.nasa.gov/estimator.html
(Zürich = 47.32 N, 8.56 E, GMT+1)
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Meteor Shower Tonight

According to many sources, there should be a strong meteor shower tonight.
I haven't confirmed the exact time for the peak, as the many sites are rather confusing. But at least one site mentions 21:40 GMT, another says between 1am and dawn– regardless where you live.
They unfortunately also say the display will favor those living across most of central and eastern Asia.

Anyway, I am giving a heads up, you can google "Leonid Meteor Shower" yourself, but here's a few sites:
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2...eonids2009.htm
http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/200911...tuesdaymorning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/0911...ower-2009.html

Good luck with your viewings,
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