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LandyLiam

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Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« on: August 04, 2011 »


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Perseid meteor shower peak
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The maximum of the Perseid activity in 2011 is expected during the night of the 12th August 2011. The Perseids is the name of a prolific meteor shower. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.

They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle's orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere. As with all meteor showers, the rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth nearest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space.

The visible path of a meteoroid that enters Earth's atmosphere is called a meteor, or colloquially a shooting star or falling star. A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth's surface. (From: Wikipedia, license: CCA-SA)


Sounds like a good night for a bivvy  ;)
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011 »

Nearly a shame not to since it's a weekend.
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2011 »

Might be able to see something tonight, if I don't go to the cinema to see captain america then I,ll be going for a moonlit hike, decisions decisions...
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2011 »

decision was made for me, cinema it is, maybe i can talk her into a romantic midnight moonlit walk in the mournes aterwards  ::)
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2011 »

Cloudy here unfortunately.
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2011 »

cloudy here too  :'(
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011 »

cloudy here too  :'(

Cloudy here at work as well but the wife phoned to say they where all sitting on the beach in Donegal sipping their wine  watching it all happen  ,  :-\
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2011 »

still a chance of seeing some meteors tonight, fingers crossed, anyone up for a night hike tonight? maybe even a wee bivvy? (i'm off work tomorrow  ;D )
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2011 »

Now there is an idea.

still a chance of seeing some meteors tonight, fingers crossed, anyone up for a night hike tonight? maybe even a wee bivvy? (i'm off work tomorrow  ;D )
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2011 »

forecast keeps changing  ::) but currently looking like clear skies and light winds for the early part of the night, perfect  :)
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2011 »

I couldn't be more jealous.

forecast keeps changing  ::) but currently looking like clear skies and light winds for the early part of the night, perfect  :)
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2011 »

planning to leave meelmore lodge about 8pm, anyone else coming can pick a camping spot, if its up to me it'll be on bearnagh or slieve loughshannagh, of course anyone can just come for the walk, we can easily easly park a car at far end of the walk
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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2011 »

I chickened out of this one  :'( few things went wrong, forgot to pack a rollmat, but worts of all I forgot to charge the camera battery and I had planned to bring the tripod up and get lots of long exposure shots. Went for a wee walk anyway to get a few geocaches, now sitting on side of meelmore at and old quarrymans hut with a stream trickling beside me while watching the sun set. Would be idyllic if it wasn't so cold and windy ;D




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Re: Meteor Showers - 12th August 2011
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2011 »

just in from the garden, sat out on the deck chair in the bivvy bag for half an hour, saw nothing  :( then took the camera out for some night shots






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