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Perseids meteor shower!!!!
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It is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the heavens that you can view from your own back garden.

And now scientists say that star-gazers are in for a treat this week with clear skies expected to give fantastic views of the spectacular Perseids meteor shower.

Experts say that with the moon in its ‘new’ phase and clear skies this week could mean that it’s the best year since 2007 to catch the spectacular show.

The phenomenon, which happens each summer as the Earth's orbit takes it through debris scattered by the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle is expected to peak on Thursday night.

Amateur astronomers were left disappointed last year after clouds ruined the expected view.


The annual Perseids meteor shower ) at Friars Crag, Derwentwater, Keswick, Cumbria in 2008. Astronomers predict this year will be the best display yet



The Taurids are named after the constellation Taurus, because their paths can be traced from that area of sky.

On the night of the 12 August the new moon’s thin crescent will have set in the early evening, leaving a dark sky for the meteor shower, promising a stunning show of shooting stars.

For the best views, star gazers are advised to escape the city lights and head out to the big open and dark skies of the countryside where the stars and meteors will be at their brightest.

The Met Office is predicting that the clearest skies on Thursday night are likely to be in southern and western parts of England and Wales.

Nasa scientists also claim that this 'promises to be one of the best displays of the year.'

'If forecasters are correct, the shower should produce a peak display of at least 80 meteors per hour,' they say.

Jo Burgon, Head of Access and Recreation at the National Trust, said: 'Seeing the stars in their full splendour, shining bright in the sky above you, is one of the unofficial wonders of the natural world.

'The intrusive glow of street lighting or a bright moon can be detrimental to a good meteor experience.

'But with a good weather forecast, this year’s Perseids display could be a cracker, and not one to be missed.'

Some of the locations highlighted in the National Trust guide include the dramatic landscape around the world famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire and Mam Tor in the Peak District, high above Sheffield and only a short distance from the city of steel.

Jo Burgon, added: 'Its worth spending the time to find the perfect spot to gaze up at the stars; as once you’re there looking into the night sky it will take your breath away.

'And the best thing is that it won’t cost you a penny and this star time will always stay with you as one of those experiences that money can’t buy.

Emily Winterburn, author of The Stargazer’s Guide, said: 'The Perseids are a great meteor show
'The nights aren’t too cold and for once, thanks to the moon, the summer nights are dark enough to make even the dimmer meteors visible to the naked eye.'


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1301892/Perseids-meteor-shower-Thursday-best-night-5-years-view-show.html?ITO=1490

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids


come on guys!!! go out and see it if you can!!!!!

let us know if you have ever see it before for if your going to if or if you want to ^ ^




Southern California: If you don’t have time to drive up to Lake Tahoe, consider going to Joshua Tree National Park east of Palm Springs or Mt. Pinos on the border of Ventura and Kern counties. For other optimal viewing spots, go to “See the Perseid Meteor Shower in Southern California.”

What to expect: How spectacular will the show be? When you look and where you stand will determine what you see. And if there’s a cloud cover, all bets are off, so hope for clear skies.

Check out the Fluxtimator, a Java application on NASA’s website that claims to allow you to calculate the expected shower rate for a given date and a location. Using that application, I found that the the most meteors per hour are expected to occur at 5:08 a.m. Friday. If you’re in downtown Los Angeles, it indicated that you can expect to see fewer than seven meteors per hour. if you’re on a mountaintop somewhere near L.A., you could see as many as 96 per hour.
Posted 8/10/10
Is that only in that area, or can I see it here too?
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mystic17 wrote:

Is that only in that area, or can I see it here too?


yep!!!! you can see it in the USA!!!!

It’s not precise, but the 2010 peak is expected on the night of August 12th/13th.
The predicted peak hours are during the European night (19.00 – 06.00 GMT). So if you are in the US, the peak may be earlier in your night, whereas for those in Asia and the East, the peak may be later in your night.
But having said that, there is always uncertainty in these meteor shower predictions, so it may be very worthwhile to observe during the hours of darkness and indeed, other nights, before and after the expected peak.
This year the Moon will not be a problem. As only a 2-day-old sliver, moonlight will be very limited, making conditions for meteor observation very favorable (as long as the sky is clear of course).
the best time is apperently after midnight
Posted 8/10/10
Oh yay! I'd love to see the shower then!

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I'm looking forward to it too, i never seen one before ;D
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Posted 8/10/10
just saw one a minute ago lol
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Last time I saw one was on the way to a mall on the highway

I don't know if can catch any just staring out my house windows though (HOPE)

EDIT: Unfortunately, and strangely, most of the peak dates are usually ruined by clouds where I live. This is like the tenth time.
Posted 8/10/10
I cannot wait for this!!

I already saw one (I thought it was a firework at first) it was so beautiful!

Fascinating and I will be watching the skies religiously!!
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i live in NY...i doubt i would see it TT3TT
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There was one 3 years ago but I missed it. You wouldn't happen to know when it would show in ontario, would you? O_o
Posted 8/10/10
What time? I don't have the patience to wait a few hours looking at the sky and waiting for something to happen.
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I wish I could see it TT^TT
Posted 8/10/10
Thanks for sharing! I love meteor watching, I missed the shower last fall, but I saw them last summer!
Posted 8/10/10 , edited 8/10/10
would be cool 2 see it, but i don't think i can catch it (i mostly forget) lol
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Posted 8/11/10
I saw it last year. It was awesome. Being the big romantic that I am, I made a lot of wishes that day. Most of them came true.
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