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'Spectacular' Meteor Shower to Pass Earth This Week
Fox ^ | Aug 11, 2009

Posted on 08/11/2009 6:05:16 PM PDT by RDTF

The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a good show this week for those willing to get up in the wee hours of the morning and wait patiently for the shooting stars.

In North America, the best time to watch will be between midnight to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, but late Tuesday night and also Wednesday night could prove fruitful, weather permitting.

The Perseids are always reliable, and sometimes rather spectacular. The only things that puts a damper on the August show are bad weather or bright moonlight. Unfortunately this week, as the Perseids reach their peak Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the moon will be high in the sky, outshining the fainter meteors.

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The best time to watch is between midnight and dawn Wednesday. Forecasters say the best stretch could come between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. ET, which would be after daybreak in Europe. Some Perseids might be visible late Tuesday night, and Wednesday night into Thursday morning could prove worthwhile, too.

Meteor forecasting is still in its infancy, however, so the best bet for anyone truly hungry to spot shooting stars is to get in as much observing time as possible from around 11 p.m. Tuesday night until dawn Wednesday, and if you miss that show, try the same time frame Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.

Meteors should be visible in the pre-dawn hours, weather permitting, all around the Northern Hemisphere

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: astronomy; meteor; meteorshower; perseids

1 posted on 08/11/2009 6:05:17 PM PDT by RDTF
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To: RDTF

This might help ...............

http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/tours-events/sky-this-week/the-sky-this-week-2009-july-31-august-24


2 posted on 08/11/2009 6:11:25 PM PDT by Jeffrey_D. (veritas odium parit)
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To: RDTF; All

From spaceweather.com for August 11, 2009...

PERSEID UPDATE: The Perseid meteor shower is about to peak. The show begins after sunset on Tuesday, August 11th, and continues until dawn on Wednesday, August 12th. During the long night, sky watchers could see dozens of meteors per hour.

A time of particular interest is 0800 UT (1 am PDT) on August 12th. That’s when Earth is expected to pass through a denser-than-usual filament of dust from the shower’s parent Comet Swift-Tuttle. For an hour or so, rates could surge to 200 per hour. Bright moonlight will blot out many of those Perseids, but even a fraction of 200 is a good show.

http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=11&month=08&year=2009

Observing tips may be found in the Science@NASA story “The Perseids are Coming.”:
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/31jul_perseids2009.htm


3 posted on 08/11/2009 6:13:31 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: RDTF

Perseids? I thought Alexander the Great kicked their A$$ a long time ago?


4 posted on 08/11/2009 6:13:59 PM PDT by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: TexGuy

LOL!


5 posted on 08/11/2009 6:38:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: TexGuy
Ummm....my wife just said that's the Persians, dorkhead.......

Just quoting her...

:-)

6 posted on 08/11/2009 6:45:04 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: RDTF
Its a shame to work for a living.

Wish I was rich and could stay up to 4am and not have to worry about going to work at 5am.

7 posted on 08/11/2009 6:57:45 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: RDTF

I was going to watch them tonight because the BBC forecast clear sky for Edinburgh. It’s too hazy though :-(


8 posted on 08/11/2009 7:25:41 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: RDTF

Looking northeast around midnight on August 11th-12th. The red dot is the Perseid radiant. Although Perseid meteors can appear in any part of the sky, all of their tails will point back to the radiant.

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/31jul_perseids2009.htm

9 posted on 08/11/2009 8:31:23 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: RDTF

Kinda screwed in NYC.


10 posted on 08/11/2009 9:42:29 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: RDTF

Thanks for the heads up!


11 posted on 08/11/2009 9:46:00 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: RDTF

...Stormy tonight in Kain-tuck. With all the “”stuff”” going on in my life and all our lives, this’d be a welcomed distraction. Been watching the Perseids for 40 years. Hope y’all get a good show where e’re yer are...


12 posted on 08/11/2009 10:27:46 PM PDT by gargoyle (...My thoughts are not seditious, or treasonous, they're revolutionary...)
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To: RDTF

...Stormy tonight in Kain-tuck. With all the “”stuff”” going on in my life and all our lives, this’d be a welcomed distraction. Been watching the Perseids for 40 years. Hope y’all get a good show where e’re yer are...


13 posted on 08/11/2009 10:29:08 PM PDT by gargoyle (...My thoughts are not seditious, or treasonous, they're revolutionary...)
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To: gargoyle

...Shht, another phookin double post, the web is stormy too...


14 posted on 08/11/2009 10:31:30 PM PDT by gargoyle (...My thoughts are not seditious, or treasonous, they're revolutionary...)
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To: RDTF

A big moon rising here on the East coast. It will greatly diminish seeing this within an hour or so.


15 posted on 08/11/2009 10:35:57 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn

...Clearing up a bit in Kentucky, some lightning to the east, and a half moon coming out of the storm clouds, have you seen anything in your neighborhood???


16 posted on 08/11/2009 10:53:31 PM PDT by gargoyle (...My thoughts are not seditious, or treasonous, they're revolutionary...)
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To: gargoyle

Foggy w/ bright moonlight here in far W. KY. Darn.


17 posted on 08/12/2009 12:57:32 AM PDT by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: RDTF

I just got back from the peak time.

“Spectacular” doesn’t begin to describe it. It was breathtaking. Just looking at the sky tonight I was in awe at G-ds creation. The meteor shower was one of the best I’d ever seen in my life.


18 posted on 08/12/2009 2:12:47 AM PDT by Jeb21 (www.jewsagainstobama.com)
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To: Paul R.

Same here in NJ. Bright sky with moonlight and cloud coverage. But I saw one -— at 5:08 streak thru the clouds. Just one makes me smile. Can’t imagine how great it would be to see a whole burst of shining streaming “stars.”


19 posted on 08/12/2009 2:39:51 AM PDT by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: RDTF

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20 posted on 08/12/2009 3:41:24 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace
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To: RDTF

I saw one beautiful shooting star, but I was only out for about 15 minutes. The moon and the street lamps may have interfered with the less spectacular ones.

It was worth it. Thanks for the heads up.


21 posted on 08/12/2009 10:03:20 AM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: Jeb21

Phooey, I’m just seeing this thread now. I wonder if there’ll be anything to see tonight?


22 posted on 08/12/2009 10:57:13 AM PDT by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: Lakeshark
Ummm....my wife just said that's the Persians, dorkhead.......

Then your wife should work on her ability to detect sarcasm ...

23 posted on 08/12/2009 11:43:50 AM PDT by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: Lakeshark

BTW, Just joking ...


24 posted on 08/12/2009 11:44:46 AM PDT by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: Jeb21
“Spectacular” doesn’t begin to describe it. It was breathtaking. Just looking at the sky tonight I was in awe at G-ds creation. The meteor shower was one of the best I’d ever seen in my life.

So sorry I missed it this year! Foggy cloud cover here in east SF Bay Area. But I have seen them at other times, once a brilliant red fireball--WOW! I hope for clear skies next year. :) Glad you were able to enjoy the show.

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25 posted on 08/12/2009 12:00:44 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: TexGuy
As was she.

Your line made her laugh, so we had to post that back.

26 posted on 08/12/2009 7:37:30 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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