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Bending Unit
« on: 08-11-2008 14:42 »

Since Iím a spacenut, I wanted to invite yous to look up tonite and -if lucky and patient- see some really cool meteorites burn up in Earthís upper atmosphere. Some are just small flashes, but others are bright orange and red and leave trails crossing half the sky. Last year I stayed for 3 Ĺ hrs and saw 85 Perseids.

The Perseids peak on the morning of August 12th, around 11h to 14h Universal Time, that's 4 to 7 a.m. PDT, for those of us in the West Coast. But wherever you're located, from midnight to dawn is the best time to watch. The moon will set around 1 a.m., so the sky will be dark after that. (If you go out right after dusk, youíll still see some, but in lesser numbers.)
Perseids can flash into view anywhere in the sky, so watch the part of your sky that is darkest, usually that means straight above you. It also means that you need to be lying down, or use lawn or beach chair.
Find a spot with an open view of the sky, away from the city lights, put on warm clothes and bring along a sleeping bag (it does get cold, take my word for it!), a thermos with coffee or whatever is you choice, some snacks and enjoy the view & show!   smile

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #1 on: 08-11-2008 15:06 »
« Last Edit on: 08-11-2008 15:06 »

Sounds good but can you tell me the time in GMT pretty please?  smile

DOOP Secretary
« Reply #2 on: 08-11-2008 15:06 »

Hot chocolate for me!  smile

Starship Captain
« Reply #3 on: 08-11-2008 15:07 »
« Last Edit on: 08-11-2008 15:07 »

@Xanfor- Hot water + bourbon! It keeps you warmer than any amount of blankets...
Kifz, I am totally planning on being out there!
*crosses fingers that it isn't cloudy*
Hope your view is spectacular    big grin
I imagine a mod will do it presently, but offtopic board for this one, methinks...

Space Pope
« Reply #4 on: 08-11-2008 15:27 »

Originally posted by gudbjorg:
Sounds good but can you tell me the time in GMT pretty please?   smile

1am GMT. That's 2am in Britain at the moment though (for those who are there). Unfortunately we have a cloudy week forecast but fingers crossed.

Sir Rank-a-Lot
Urban Legend
« Reply #5 on: 08-15-2008 07:44 »

We've had torrential down-pours and thunder storms for several nights in a row so nothing to report from this part of the globe.  frown

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
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