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Offline A51Watcher

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The approach of The Perseids!
« on: July 03, 2016, 06:28:56 PM »
July is here and it's the approach once again of the fireworks I truly enjoy.

The Perseid meteor shower takes place when Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, from mid July to late August every year.


Perseids meteor shower 2015


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Perseid Meteor Shower 2013


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As I sit in my lawnchair under the night sky during this event, I often think back to our stargazing ancestors in various cultures that meticulously noted and recorded celestial occurrences.

What did they think of such events?

Did it give them any hints about who was orbiting whom?

With their huge databases they must have had some clue as to what was really going on.

 8)


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Re: The approach of The Perseids!
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2016, 07:19:26 PM »
OH NO!!!!

Not the... PERSEIDS!!

Hide the kitties... run fer your lives!!!!

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Re: The approach of The Perseids!
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 08:35:13 PM »






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Re: The approach of The Perseids!
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2017, 09:13:56 PM »


AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 51  i am soo ready...hopefully the clouds won't join us this year  even with a 3/4 moon....can't wait this is one of the summer highlights everyone should try and see at least once

raising the glass




https://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html

The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is coming in just a few weeks! According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor shower's actual peak is around 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 12, which means that the night before and the night after will both have good rates; Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of Aug. 12, but that there'd be a decent show both nights.

In 2017, the Perseids will be a little more difficult to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight local time. (Live in a big city? Find out how to see the Perseids from urban areas here from our sister site Active Junky.)





http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/where-to-see-perseid-meteor-shower

“You can see the Perseid meteor shower best in the Northern Hemisphere and down to the mid-southern latitudes,” said Jim Zimbelman, a geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. “All you need to catch the show is darkness, somewhere comfortable to sit, and a bit of patience.”

Due to the Perseids consistency, it’s easy to plan a trip around this phenomenon, explains Zimbelman: “You need to be 20 miles from the nearest town or city, and during the best conditions, you can see up to 60 meteor flashes in one hour.”

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Re: The approach of The Perseids!
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017, 07:37:51 PM »


Sky yes 2016 was a pretty spectacular year for the Perseids!

Weather looks to be continued clear and warm here.  8)

I'm raising the glass as well, cheers!

Here's mud in yer eye!  ;)



 


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