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Meteor Shower Tonight

Where would it be best to view this.. would you need special equipment? Which part of the sky should one focus on?
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Old 11.08.2009, 12:42
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Best to be somewhere dark, with low ambient light.

The perseids meteors can occur anywhere in the sky, so there's no particular area to focus on. Their tails will all point back to a star just to the south west of Cassiopeia.

They should be visible to the naked eye.
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

As the Earth is moving 'Eastwards', look East for the longest trails
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They should be visible to the naked eye.
After or before a pint ... what d'you think?
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After or before a pint ... what d'you think?
After. It doesn't get dark till, what, 22.30? Stands to reason that you'd have a pint in you by then...
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Yes the only problem will be the Moon (too bright) and will be visible the whole night, however you should be able to see some bright ones.
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After. It doesn't get dark till, what, 22.30? Stands to reason that you'd have a pint in you by then...
right. how I enjoy that unbeatable male logic. lol.
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Where would it be best to view this.. would you need special equipment? Which part of the sky should one focus on?
Lie on your back on a blanket or sunlounger, preferably with a pint. Somewhere away from as much natural light as possible (Outside of course. The basement wouldn't do )
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Has somebody seen something up there in the skies last night?
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Has somebody seen something up there in the skies last night?
yes.. stars, planes, moon and some clouds
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yes.. stars, planes, moon and some clouds
yes exactly what I saw too, I'm so disappointed
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Old 12.08.2009, 12:06
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

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It was too cloudy here last night.My husband is a huge fan of astronomy and has been looking forward to the meteorite showers.I just hope he gets to see some, apparently they are brightest around the 17th?

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Tonight should be good too. Look to the eastern skies. You just need darkness and no cloud. If it´s clear go into the forest to reduce gound level light pollution.
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

I saw sooo many - many - many - planes -- -- lots stars and then the clouds rolled in -- will try again for tonight
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Has somebody seen something up there in the skies last night?
Saw a nice one dead west from Lac Leman, around 3 am. Forgot to make a wish though.
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Where would it be best to view this.. would you need special equipment? Which part of the sky should one focus on?
Left of the moon. If you can't see the moon then go back to sleep.
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Lie on your back on a blanket or sunlounger, preferably with a pint. Somewhere away from as much natural light as possible (Outside of course. The basement wouldn't do )
Staying awake will be the challenge
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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

If you're bored and out long enough, you'll see the international space station as it whizzes silently through the heavens. Look South West, around 45° and sooner or later you're bound to see it. Here's a tracker so you know exactly where and when it's above us or you can look at this site, which also shows times to expect a visual over various cities in Switzerland. It's lovely to catch a rare glimpse of the shuttle when it's also in orbit, chasing the ISS around the sky before docking.



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Left of the moon. If you can't see the moon then go back to sleep.
That's not very accurate! Left can be anywhere depending on which direction you are facing!
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That's not very accurate! Left can be anywhere depending on which planet you're viewing from!
Fixed that for you
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