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Post  Betep on Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:51 pm

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2012

August 10/11, 11/12, and 12/13, 2012 Perseids
Meteors are typically best after midnight, but in 2012, with the moon rising into the predawn sky, you might want to watch for Perseid meteors in late evening as well.

As of early morning on August 10, 2012, the zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of meteors visible in a dark sky has gone up to 42! That’s according to the International Meteor Organization. It’s time to watch meteors! The peak mornings for the annual Perseid meteor shower will be August 11, 12 and 13, but clearly any time now is good. August 12 might be the best morning. August 11 might be better than August 13. The moon is waning now. The Delta Aquarid and Perseid meteor showers combine in late July and August to create what most consider the best and most reliable meteor display for Northern Hemisphere observers.

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Post  Admin on Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:28 am

Perseids Nights of August 11/12, 2013.

A bust. Very few shooting stars. Maybe a dozen. About as many mosquito bites.

Thanks to my next-door neighbors and the guy across the street that turn lights off. Smile 
A special shout-out to the jack-ass neighbor that went to 5,000 Watts of light. Twisted Evil 

Next up:
Orionids Night of October 21, 2013. Rolling Eyes 

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Post  Betep on Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:04 am

Cloudy.
Bummer.
 

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Post  Betep on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:42 am

Late night November 16 until dawn November 17, 2013, the Leonids
Radiating from the constellation Leo the Lion, the famous Leonid meteor shower has produced some of the greatest meteor storms in history – at least one in living memory, 1966 – with rates as high as thousands of meteors per minute during a span of 15 minutes on the morning of November 17, 1966. Indeed, on that beautiful night in 1966, the meteors did, briefly, fall like rain. Some who witnessed the 1966 Leonid meteor storm said they felt as if they needed to grip the ground, so strong was the impression of Earth plowing along through space, fording the meteoroid stream. The meteors, after all, were all streaming from a single point in the sky – the radiant point – in this case in the constellation Leo the Lion. Leonid meteor storms sometimes recur in cycles of 33 to 34 years, but the Leonids around the turn of the century – while wonderful for many observers – did not match the shower of 1966. And, in most years, the Lion whimpers rather than roars, producing a maximum of perhaps 10-15 meteors per hour on a dark night. Like many meteor showers, the Leonids ordinarily pick up steam after midnight and display the greatest meteor numbers just before dawn. In 2013, the full moon will interfere with the Leonid meteor shower. A full moon, after all, shines all night long, leaving no dark time for viewing the meteor shower. Still, the peak mornings will be November 17 or 18. Maybe you’ll see some meteors in the bright moonlight.

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Post  mermaid on Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:39 am

Ahhh... those mornings I will be looking. Thanks for the info!!  
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