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Old 11.08.2020, 16:25
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Re: perseid meteor shower

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We saw a couple of pretty spectacular fireballs with the whole fiery tail over the last few days .. some lasting over 5 seconds .. Plus loads of smaller ones.

between 10pm - 12 midnight we've seen most.. After that it was probably just drunken imagination or embers from the fire pit.


++ The amount of other stuff (satellites?) we've seen is pretty amazing too.. I have various apps like SkyView/FlightRadar etc which identify things Hubble or ISS ..Or aircraft. But we see loads of similar moving objects which the apps just don't identify.
"Objects the apps don't identify"

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As of October 2019, the US Space Surveillance Network reported nearly 20,000 artificial objects in orbit above the Earth,[7] including 2,218 operational satellites.
However, these are just the objects large enough to be tracked.
As of January 2019, more than 128 million pieces of debris smaller than 1 cm (0.4 in), about 900,000 pieces of debris 1–10 cm, and around 34,000 of pieces larger than 10 cm were estimated to be in orbit around the Earth
Not surprising they are not all tracked and when you consider how many billions were spent sending them up there, it is a horror story.

Probably no more chance of cleaning up space around us than of clearing plastic from the oceans.
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Re: perseid meteor shower

report from last night: watched from 10.30-11.30, saw around eight fireballs, some impressive- colored green or orange-red big long streaks clear across the sky.

Tonight's supposed to be the best night for Europe so will go out again if no cloud cover.
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report from last night: watched from 10.30-11.30, saw around eight fireballs, some impressive- colored green or orange-red big long streaks clear across the sky.

Tonight's supposed to be the best night for Europe so will go out again if no cloud cover.
Any idea for the best viewing spots near Zurich? Our neighborhood has blazing street lights. That said, I saw 6 last night, some pretty spectacular. I'm looking forward to tonight although the weather doesn't look promising.
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Any idea for the best viewing spots near Zurich? Our neighborhood has blazing street lights. That said, I saw 6 last night, some pretty spectacular. I'm looking forward to tonight although the weather doesn't look promising.
We got in our car, found a dark field on the other side of uetliberg and laid down on mats

Bummer, tonight is too cloudy.

Read an article saying tomorrow night is a peak as well and you can continue watching until Aug 24, less asteroids but darker night due to less moonlight.

Also should mention that we saw loads of satellites.

They say it takes 20 minutes for your eyes to truly adjust so that you can see really well in the dark.
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Re: perseid meteor shower

I actually thought that last night was the peak for them.

Greifensee was offering a boat excursion last night, to watch the meteor shower from out on the lake. We didn't do that, but we did lay out on blankets for an hour or so in a field near here, watching the sky for them. We saw a few -- mostly in the eastern sky. It's pretty amazing to just lay back and stare into the night sky, regardless of whether or not you see a meteor show. We also noticed some satellites, and that app that someone else had mentioned here really is very cool. Assuming it's the same one we have, it also tells you the name of each star and planet, etc.
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Re: perseid meteor shower

I read you can still watch until 24th.

Looks like over the next few days only Saturday night will have no cloud cover ..... however we all know how variable ZH weather reports can be.
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Re: perseid meteor shower

Dang! I may have missed this one. On the other hand, maybe a sucker hole opens up tonight before the clouds really move in.

On that topic, is there an equivalent to the US and Canadian 'Clear Sky Chart' for Europe? I found this question being asked on other forums sites and though the information seems to be available, its not concise and simple. Here is a link to the chart for the ATMOB club house outside of Boston near where we moved from. Your observing site is basically a 'pixel' view extracted from the Canadian simulation. A concise strip chart for cloud cover, seeing conditions...

http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/EdKnghtObMAkey.html?1l

Here is something else that might be fun. One year I saw one of the triple configurations go overhead while at the Texas Star Party. It was kind of weird as you would swear it was some kind of silent triangular aircraft.

http://www.satobs.org/noss.html
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