Perseid meteor shower reminder

Posted by: madeinuk

Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/11/15 02:51 AM

Enjoy the Perseids folks, may mean a late night but tonight isn't a school night in North America, at least.

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Posted by: Dude

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/11/15 02:53 PM

I guess someone moved North America away from our school district, then... wink
Posted by: indigo

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/12/15 11:18 AM

Thank you for posting this excellent link. It's awesome when a natural wonder or astronomy event or scientific phenomena can be witnessed and experienced by people in many widespread areas around the globe.
Posted by: George C

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/12/15 11:43 AM

I saw one streak across the sky last night around 11pm. I was amazed at how bright it was.

I'm debating going to bed early to wake up early to view around 4am.
Posted by: indigo

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/12/15 11:49 AM

Absolutely, do it!

If the weather is nice (clear skies), it is well worth it. Depending where you live, birds may start chirping at the first signs of dawn well before sunrise, about 4 to 5 am. The crickets and tree frogs may also join the chorus. You'll not be alone. smile
Posted by: aeh

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/12/15 03:21 PM

My kids and I watch these every year that it's not overcast. Making plans for tonight...
Posted by: sully

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/12/15 03:27 PM

Us too.
Posted by: madeinuk

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/12/15 08:03 PM

Waiting for the clouds to clear over here right now. Yesterday we had a really sulky sky too but they actually do appear to be clearing tonight. It's like waiting for the curtains to open on a show you really want to see😃
Posted by: mecreature

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/13/15 06:52 AM

DS and I took out our sleeping bags and watched for about 1 1/2 hours last night. We saw several very nice long streaks and tons of smaller ones. I got up at 4 and a fog had set in and saw nothing for the 30 minutes I was out. There was no use in getting ds up for that. We will be watching again tonight for sure. We were talking about setting up the GoPro to see if we could catch some to play back.
Posted by: George C

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/13/15 07:38 AM

I woke DS7 up to see some of them this morning after I determined the viewing was good. Unfortunately, he missed the best part, because the clouds blew in and the sun started coming up after we got back outside. He was still thrilled, though, I think mostly at the notion of getting up early to watch the sky. He thinks he saw one or two small ones.
Posted by: indigo

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/13/15 11:01 AM

That's the kind of thing a kid may remember all throughout life. smile

If you're both up for trying again and the weather cooperates, there are still a few more good nights for meteor-watching. You might even prepare a snack and set out a few camp chairs or a tent (without the rain fly) ahead of time.
Posted by: aeh

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/13/15 12:19 PM

We were out from about 1:30 to 3 am, just in our yard, and saw about 40+, including some nice streaks. And the ever-present satellites.

Of course, paying the price in mildly cranky youngest child right now...
Posted by: indigo

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/14/15 05:35 AM

We were out about 1:30-2:15, resting on camp mattresses which double as pool floats, and saw several beautiful fast streaks. We came in when we heard bats circling and squeaking as they nipped mosquitoes out of the air.
Posted by: LAF

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/14/15 08:21 AM

I've tried this before, and dragged my DS out to watch -he is a sound sleeper and did not wake up the entire time so I had to drag him back to bed… I'm going to have to wait until they are a little older I think!
Posted by: indigo

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/09/16 06:35 AM

Reviving this old thread from last year, for those interested in astronomy.

The 2016 Perseid meteor showers (peaking overnight Thurs Aug 11 - Fri Aug 12) are supposed to be spectacular - here's hoping for clear skies to view them.

Looks like NASA will be showing them online Aug 11-12 2016: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/watchtheskies/perseid-meteor-shower-aug11-12.html
Posted by: aeh

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/09/16 08:30 AM

We were out ~2-3:30 early this morning, and did see a few, though the sky was slightly hazy. I took them out then as a compromise: slightly before peak, moon waxing/time of moonset, and adverse forecast later in the week. We may try again late in the week, pending weather conditions.
Posted by: indigo

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/13/20 05:40 AM

Has anyone been watching the Perseid meteor showers this year?
Space.com - Perseid Meteor Shower Guide, 2020
The annual show of "shooting stars" has just peaked, but depending upon the weather each night in your area, may continue to be visible.

Heading outdoors to watch the sky may be a nice enrichment activity during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
(Although I think the contagion has been downgraded from a pandemic to an emergency, based on a much smaller death rate than originally predicted... many asymptomatic cases... people did not even realize they had the virus...?)

Seeing the Perseid meteor showers in person is a memorable event. Try some backyard camping, or drive to an area without city lights which may obscure one's view of the stars.

For those who cannot see the annual Perseid meteor showers in person, and/or those interested in astronomy, there are many books on the stars and also great information available to research online.
Posted by: aeh

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/13/20 12:50 PM

Every year!

The weather has been very comfortable for backyard camping, but unfortunately fairly cloudy on peak night. Last night was much better, although still a little hazy. We did see a few big ones, which the kids enjoyed. We had a better viewing experience for this than we did for comet Neowise, whose brightest viewing nights unfortunately coincided with a streak of overcast evenings.
Posted by: mecreature

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/13/20 01:21 PM

We always watch. My Moms birthday is today so we always remember.

Take out sleeping bags and pillows and turn off all the lights. We say maybe 25 last night in an hour. maybe 10 really good ones.

We will back out there tonight if the clouds stay away.
Posted by: madeinuk

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/14/20 07:26 AM

We were watching it either side of this year’s peak earlier this week.

Saw some beauties on Wednesday night for sure!
Posted by: mecreature

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/21/20 08:20 AM

You can still catch a few of these in the night sky thru the 24th, especially with the moon not shining bright. We have seen several nice ones each night this week.
Posted by: indigo

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/14/21 11:18 AM

The annual Perseid meteor shower is now underway for 2021.
https://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/
Anyone been watching...?
Or planning to watch, now that the weekend is here?
Posted by: aeh

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/14/21 11:31 AM

Sadly, it's been overcast in our area most nights. We did manage to see a couple. Perhaps it will clear up while there is still time to view.
Posted by: Wren

Re: Perseid meteor shower reminder - 08/14/21 11:47 AM

tried for 3 days, cloudy.