Meteor Shower Tonight (Aug 12th)

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Meteor Shower Tonight (Aug 12th)

Postby Funar » 11 Aug 2009 15:24

The maximum of the Perseids meteor shower occurs on August 11 and 12 (Tuesday night/Wednesday morning). The Perseids, which are tiny fragments of the comet Swift-Tuttle, are visible each year at this time as Earth passes through the stream of debris, and research shows that the hourly appears to be increasing each year. They are visible to the observer as meteors or 'shooting stars' in the night sky, as the tiny pieces of debris hit our atmosphere at high speed, instantly vaporising.

http://www.astronomy.ie/perseids09.html for observing tips.

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby spinninggenius » 11 Aug 2009 15:34

No way I'll see this. Cloud :628:

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby Funar » 11 Aug 2009 15:44

Cloudy here too but I'll check just in case. This is one of the more famous showers but because it's Summer time the sky won't be that dark.

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby Keyop » 11 Aug 2009 16:11

my iphone has been reminding about this for a few days now, it's says 12th august is the peak time and it's originating in the constellation of Perseus, hence the name Perseids Shower.

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby Keyop » 11 Aug 2009 16:15

If it's clear I may set up a long exposure, but it may be too bright in the town

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby SixTwoEight » 11 Aug 2009 17:31

I always watched these meteors from age 6 to around 12 I think, saw many great meteors and 1 massive fire ball go all the way across the sky, area I watch is from the Plough to the Pole Star to Cassiopeia to the Vega Star.

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby philma » 11 Aug 2009 18:00

just have to hope for a clear sky. looking forward to watching this if the night is fine and the house lights dont mess it up.

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby Keyop » 11 Aug 2009 22:51

Was outside for a couple of hours as it was nice evening, took several long exposures, one of them missed three good ones all out of frame. Saw a few anyway. The image below has one dim one near the center, but to be honest the light pollution was too much to get a decent image. Some nice star trails though.

http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm10 ... 4975es.jpg

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby Funar » 11 Aug 2009 23:05

Nice pic Keyop. What settings did you use? All clouded over here I'm afraid.

Quite a nice writeup here with a pic almost as good as Keyop's.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8193769.stm

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight

Postby Keyop » 11 Aug 2009 23:25

That one was F8, 20mins,ISO 100,10mm lens. If I do some tommorow I'll go far smaller on the aperture f16/22 maybe. I had to dial the exposure back down due to the light pollution on the raw file at the end.

The camera also does dark frame subtraction to reduce thermal noise (saw you mention it funar) essentially doubling the exposure time for the dark frame. That seems like ages before you see your pic!