More Perseids

Space Weather News for August 12, 2009


If it’s dark where you live, go outside and look for meteors. Earth is still inside the debris stream of Comet Swift-Tuttle and, as a result, the Perseid meteor shower is still active. Worldwide meteor counts raise the possibility that the show could be better tonight, Aug. 12th, than it was last night, Aug. 11th. Be alert for meteors after sunset.

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  1. hald says:

    Main portion of pasted article is completely incoherent. Recommend re-pasting/re-posting.

  2. timjp77 says:

    Also called the “tears of St Lawrence” since the event occurs near his feast day.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I would like to see this…but of course, my sky has to be completely overcast. I guess it’s better that I don’t see any because it would be a slightly bigger problem if there were meteors under these clouds.

  4. ejcmartin says:

    Just came in from the dark. Beautiful clear night out by the ocean, the moon shining on the water. The light from the lighthouse at Cape Spear flashing every ten seconds or so off in the distance. No sound except that of a small boat heading out to sea.

    I managed to see 10 or so meteors, three or four quite spectacular. I also saw a flashing satellite, which may have been an Iridium flare, but the timing wasn’t right based upon the website Heavens Above. My only regret is that my lovely wife had to stay home with the sleeping children.

    A number of years ago, BC (Before Children), we went up to the local landmark Signal Hill to watch the Perseids and got a special treat. There was no moon so it was pitch black, but down below us in the cove we could hear the whales feeding. That was amazing.

  5. Dove says:

    Here in Oakland, CA all I saw was one star and several planes. Too foggy, I guess. Or maybe too much ambient light.

  6. Jack Hughes says:

    too foggy in England grr…

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