perseid metorite shower peaks this weekend. Who is going to watch it and where.

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by downsouth, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    By all accounts this years annual metorite shower will be the best in years. With the moon at less than a quarter, conditions are good barring clouds. They expect over 100 an hour after midnight saturday.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/pe...oting-stars-saturday-sunday/story?id=16976414



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    When my kids were 5 and 8 we made midnite snacks during the day for the show later. We watched from the backyard and it was a life memory for us. It's free also.
     
  2. MrWray

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    Thanks for the heads up, i love watching them. When i was a kid i would climb on the roof of our house and lay on my back and watch them.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Will be watching from a chaise lounge on my back deck this year. Out in the country, very few lights to interfere with viewing.

    Best view ever- had a flight from Boston to Virginia, flight rolled down the runway at 11:50 PM, and I was sitting on Port side of aircraft, window seat (facing the incoming shower) View from 39,000 ft is AMAZING!
     
  4. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    I didn't know about it till now but my wife, son and I will watch from the tailgate of my truck in the backyard. I'm in southern Indiana on the Ohio river. Anybody know where in the sky it will appear?
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I am off work Saturday night and Sunday night. I'm going to go side out in my backyard and see what I can see. There are no lights to interfere, the weather is supposed to be beautiful.

    Thanks for the information.
     
  6. downsouth

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    Look towards the northeast, as the perseid constallation archs thru the sky it will become almost staight overhead. All this according to the local weatherman in Memphis.
     
  7. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    In fact, I think I'll drag my bathtub out in the backyard that night and sit in the tub and watch the meteor shower.......you know, kind of like those stupid Cialis commercials.
     

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  8. dragunovsks

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    You might have the neighbors peeking over the fence atcha....
     
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    No fences dividing our yards. It's always been a kind of unwritten rule. To be in my backyard is like being in a very, very big open area with a smattering of trees and beautiful landscaping. It's always been this way. I bought my house in 1986 and the seller mentioned the fence thing. Of course, he said do what you want.......but I never did fence it in.

    Someday I'll post pictures of all our backyards that merge together. It's really rather nice.

    Anyway, why would they peek at me when there will be a beautiful meteor shower? :confused: I have some goofy neighbors who would probably drag their tubs out there, too, and we'd all sit in a long line of bathtubs, holding hands from tub to tub and watching the meteor shower. :eek:
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Due to roation of earth, greatest number of meteors after midnight. And yeah, as said, NE sky. One of the few skywatching events you do not need a scope or binocs.
     
  11. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    And Winds- you KNOW...............

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  12. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Wow!

    We don't have fences either WOC, I torn down the wire fence that was in my yard when I bought the house. The last thing I want is something else to mow and weedeat around.

    I got nothin but 700 yards of corn behind my house...
     
  13. tomgodd

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    Already seen a few. Cool!
     
  14. MrWray

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    What part of the sky were they in?
     
  15. marc29th

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    Thunderstorms here in NH so I can't see it to night. Maybe tomorrow if the weather is better.
     
  16. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    Northeastern
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Haha......you have no idea what you are asking for, do you? :cool:

    I live in an old town. Our 'blocks' are not two strips of houses back to back. Our 'block' is like this......../_/ sort of (except not lopsided). There are 5 houses along that 'bottom stretch' of the block. Mine is smack dab in the middle of that bottom line. There is a large stretch of land behind my house where all the back yards meet. When the neighborhood was filled with young families with kids, the kids would all play in everyone's yard back there. No one complained. It was wonderful raising kids where I live. Not much turnover in this neighborhood. Now we are a bunch of 'oldies' who talk about our grandkids when we meet outside. :D
     
  18. Vikingdad

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    Here in CA they say it will peak at 0300. I have a lot of light pollution from the valley.

    When I was a kid I went on a camping trip with a friend and his dad up in the Trinity National Forest in NorCal. We got lost and ended up camping out in the middle of nowhere, the meteors were so bright we couldn't get any sleep. This was back around 1976 or 1977. Several of them left trails that stayed lit up in the sky for hours after the meteor had passed by. They looked like comets.
     
  19. tomgodd

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    Downsouth answered, sorry caught up watching. Got the kids and wife and watched from the trampoline(spelling). Seen quite a few. Tired! So I am off to bed.
    Have fun and good luck!
     
  20. winds-of-change

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    I just got back in and didn't see anything. I was in an old, dark factory parking lot on the edge of town. I noticed there was another car there and I parked away from it but I kept an eye on it. After about 10 minutes I see a man walking towards my car. It turned out to be our night duty officer. We chatted about not seeing anything in the sky at all. I went back home.