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doire ([personal profile] doire) wrote2012-08-10 04:22 pm

Falling stars

The Perseids (why do you think I mean "pesetas", spell chequer?) should be at a maximum tonight. Generally they will be best in the small hours, just after midnight. I shall be napping in the garden.

I saw two last night while standing outside 'bout half-past ten. I hadn't been out long so I wouldn't have had particularly good night vision and there were street lights in view, so it augurs well for tonight. One was a nice bright meteor, but the second left a trail about 1/3 of a thumbs width (say 10 seconds of arc) with sharply defined edges. My companions wondered why I squeaked! Sadly it soon went behind a roof top so I really only got a flash and the trail as I looked toward it. Brightest trail I've seen though.

Happy sky watching.

ETA: 01:54 Not only did it cloud over but it also got foggy. Star gazing abandoned.
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[personal profile] kotturinn 2012-08-10 06:58 pm (UTC)(link)
It was a jolly good squeak! I think the one I saw was the first I've ever seen, but then I'm usually turning into a pumpkin by 22:30.

Happy sky watching tonight!
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[personal profile] kotturinn 2012-08-11 11:31 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, really. Until recently I've been lark rather than owl (now I just seem to be losing both ends of the day :-( ) and, as ever, it appears I come from Entirely The Wrong Sort Of Family 'cause these kind of things just didn't make it into our collective mindset.

Bah! to clouds and fog though :-(