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The Perseids [Aug. 13th, 2013|09:14 am]
Tony Grist
Call that a shower? I stood on the back lawn for quarter of an hour and saw several planes but only one meteor. It lasted for less than a second.

It was a clear night. Well, clearish. There were clouds around the horizon but the view to the top of the sky was unobstructed. I've forgotten most of my star-craft but this would be a good time and place to relearn it.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2013-08-13 03:00 pm (UTC)
you have the rest of the week to possibly see any meteors, depending on cloud cover etc.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-13 06:01 pm (UTC)
I may have another look tonight. It looks as though it's going to be fairly clear.
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[User Picture]From: moth_wingthane
2013-08-13 06:21 pm (UTC)
Planes are good but what time were you out? I was watching between around 01.45 to 02.45 and saw a couple of dozen, at least.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-14 08:06 am (UTC)
I was out very early, around 10.30. I guess the shower was only beginning to get under way.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2013-08-13 06:22 pm (UTC)
A very light meteor shower! I was out at four this morning, shivering and clutching my tea, and saw about one every five minutes... They were quite impressively bright though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-14 08:02 am (UTC)
I believe we were promised around 40 an hour.

The one I saw was quite bright- but I've seen brighter.

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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2013-08-15 01:24 am (UTC)
A few years ago, a friend and I camped out in her backyard to watch the Perseids. They had been going on and on about how there'd be 100 per hour. We saw about 10 in five hours. And they were not that impressive. I haven't been out to watch them since. I got about a million mosquito bites that night too. I'm lucky I didn't get malaria.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-08-15 07:46 am (UTC)
What I want to know is why they can't turn up at a reasonable time of day- like early afternoon. I don't like missing out on my sleep.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2013-08-15 11:50 am (UTC)
To be visible at that time of day, they'd be rather frightening, I suspect. LOL. Huge balls of flame hurtling across the sky. I can already hear my mother intoning, "It's a sign of the End Times."

Ack.
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