Perseids meteor shower

(36 Posts)
GloriaSmud Mon 12-Aug-13 15:56:55

This meteor shower happens every year and early tomorrow morning is its peak. Bit more info here and whereabouts in the sky to look, here.

So let's hope for some clear skies!

Sky is clearing nicely here smile

In fact, what a superb night! Those in the far SE will have to be patient and wait until closer to midnight. Those in the west have the best chance around midnight before a weather front moves in close to dawn. NW Scotland struggles.
There are bits and bobs of clouds about but nothing too bad.

About 90% clear sky here (Hampshire), just a few streaks of mackerel clouds. I went out last night and only saw 1 (about 11.30) but it was much cloudier.

It would be a good night whoknows.

Should not would. Stupid fingers!

I bought some weatherproof beanbags for the garden a few months ago and they are absolutely perfect for this sort of thing, lie back on them and they are all comfy and warm, I nearly fell asleep out there last night smile.

GloriaSmud Mon 12-Aug-13 21:13:53

Lovely clear sky here too (Leicester.) I spent a few minutes looking eastwards at 2am ish this morning and saw 'nuffink', but then we've got the problem of trying to get away from street lights so although I'll probably go and have a look later, I'm not really hopeful that I'll see anything.

TrinityRhino Mon 12-Aug-13 21:18:29

Grr its cloudy here in sw scotland sad

PurplePillow on Trinity's lappy (grin)

TrinityRhino Mon 12-Aug-13 21:19:11

Grr its cloudy here in sw scotland sad

PurplePillow on Trinity's lappy grin

TrinityRhino Mon 12-Aug-13 21:21:40

purple is a bit rusty with this MN lark grin

I think you will get a window of opportunity later purple.

It was raining here (west Wales) early evening so I thought we'd be out of luck, but it has cleared nicely now.

capitola Mon 12-Aug-13 21:37:20

Thanks so much OP for reminding me of this. DH and I usually spend a happy few hours lying on the trampoline watching this and I promised my eldest last year that he could join us to watch it in 2013.

Just been out to see the international space station go by, lots of stars and a fabulous moon. Still a bit of cloud around the edges but clear overhead.

Perihelion Mon 12-Aug-13 22:07:25

Spotted one shooting star last night, letting the dogs out. Tonight's looking a bit too cloudy atm in Edinburgh. But the clouds have been mental today. Always looking like they're about to soak us, but nothing but a small shower.

Perihelion Mon 12-Aug-13 22:39:34

Just seen another, impressed as it's about 80% cloud cover and a fecking spotlight for the Edinburgh Festival and fireworks and a helicopter for the Tattoo.

Lovely clear sky, surrounded by darkness (rural area), lots of stars, just no shooting ones. Yet.

nomorecrumbs Mon 12-Aug-13 23:18:08

Just seen two but they were in completely the opposite direction to what Google Sky View app said they were :\ more like 90 degrees to the left of the Big Dipper.

I saw 4 which is v. Impressive with my eyes. Also saw what was probably the international space station which was super bright.

elastamum Mon 12-Aug-13 23:26:31

Have seen a couple - beautiful starry sky here and no streetlights grin

GloriaSmud Mon 12-Aug-13 23:31:51

Just stood outside and having said I didn't think I'd see any because of the street lights, I saw 3 in the space of 10 minutes!
<a happy Gloria goes off to bed>

Whojamaflip Mon 12-Aug-13 23:32:38

Just come back in with ds1 - spent an hour outside on the trampoline watching - counted over 30! smile

Ds was really chuffed as he had never seen shooting stars before.

Its a gorgeous night out there ( Cotswolds)

They seem to have slowed down now, but we were seeing at least one a minute for a while. Really beautiful.

culturemulcher Tue 13-Aug-13 00:05:35

Beautiful starry night here (East) - saw shooting stars in about 15 minutes.

OP flowers for reminding me and for showing me which part of the sky to look at.

We only saw 3 in half an hour sad

GloriaSmud Tue 13-Aug-13 09:07:16

WhoKnows ~ I thought we'd see more as but I was happy with the 3 I did see.

Looks like Skywatchers enjoyed a good display in some parts of the country.

GloriaSmud Tue 13-Aug-13 22:05:23

Another clear night here so hopefully another chance to see these.

Troubleintmill Tue 13-Aug-13 22:11:40

Have I any chance in the north? If so what time roughly please?

Clear here too, just got a few jobs to do then I'm heading out again.

GloriaSmud Tue 13-Aug-13 22:42:13

They were saying on the BBC lunchtime forecast that the next few nights are looking fairly cloud free, so everyone should have a good chance of seeing some. As for timing, DH and I have just been out and spotted a shooting star (DH thinks he saw another two. I didn't see them ~ was probably blinking or looking at the wrong bit of sky at the time!)

Eastern and central eastern areas of england are looking good. Western side is a bit more hit and miss.

I'm in the middle confused

How is it Looking right now?

Very clear, went out for about 20 mins and saw 2 faint ones, plus a satellite. Space station is due at 11.48 tonight, but only for a minute.

capitola Wed 14-Aug-13 00:39:14

Ds and I have just spent a happy hour lying on the trampoline with the dog. It's very clear here and the bottom of our garden is nice and dark.

We saw 2 big ones and about 5 little. Very happy with that.

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