Perseids Meteor Shower 2015

4 years 11 months ago #103675 by Seanie_Morris
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Just looking ahead at some events to look forward to (in the sky), and this year looks like the best year for a while to catch the Perseids Meteor Shower. The predictive peak (this far ahead) is on the night of August 12th/13th (Wednesday night/Thursday morning). New Moon is officially Friday August 14th, so - astronomically speaking - it's almost perfect this year.

Peaks on the night range from 60 to 100 per hour. Perseids are known for their bollide (fireball) production too. As they are strong, they are also a prime target for radio astronomers.

Some clubs have tried time and again for Perseids Meteor Watches and StarBQs across Ireland. This kind of news should encourage an effort this year, as the lack of moonlight, and being close to a weekend, makes it attractive.

Just lettin' ya know!

Seanie.

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4 years 11 months ago #103676 by Seanie_Morris
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Chart for that time of year:


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4 years 11 months ago #103677 by Roy Stewart
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Seanie the SSP is taking place on the
the night of the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.
So I hope they all have those date firmly
set in their calenders.

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4 years 11 months ago #103678 by Neill
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Indeed Roy,

Planning to head down to Kerry on the Wednesday to hopefully see the peak in those seriously dark skies.

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4 years 11 months ago #103681 by michael_murphy
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I'll be down there on Wednesday as well.

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4 years 11 months ago #103684 by lunartic
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My missus won't give me the car until Thursday :( . Is that grounds for divorce?

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4 years 11 months ago #103690 by Roy Stewart
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Ah Paul, Stand up and be a man..
Plz don't tell my wife I said that though..lol

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4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago #103692 by dave_lillis
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Seanie_Morris wrote: Some clubs have tried time and again for Perseids Meteor Watches and StarBQs across Ireland. This kind of news should encourage an effort this year, as the lack of moonlight, and being close to a weekend, makes it attractive.

Just lettin' ya know!

Seanie.


Hi Seanie,
Are MAC holding their annual perseid meteor show BBQ event this year, I've been itching to go for several years now but holidays and one thing and another has always seems to get in the way.

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4 years 11 months ago #103693 by lunartic
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Yeah Roy, right, the last time I did that I was grounded for a week.

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4 years 11 months ago #103699 by Seanie_Morris
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Dave_Lillis wrote: Are MAC holding their annual perseid meteor show BBQ event this year, I've been itching to go for several years now but holidays and one thing and another has always seems to get in the way.


Something is pencilled in every year, but as there is also the SSP, I don't know (as the committee has not decided yet) which of the 2 Saturday's will be the camping and barbecue night. Personally, I'm looking forward to it regardless of location! The last 2 were somewhat clouded out but MAC still had the camping, which was good craic.

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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #104414 by Seanie_Morris
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*Event Information Required*

One of the best loved annual meteor showers will be upon us soon. In addition to the Skelligs Star Party, which some are attending, what are individuals and clubs hoping to do for the event this year elsewhere? I am compiling an article for some media outlets by request, and I would like to see what you are all getting up to!

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4 years 7 months ago - 4 years 7 months ago #104545 by Seanie_Morris
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So far, some people are heading down today to the pre-Skelligs Star Party for viewing of the Perseids.

Midlands Astronomy Club is hosting a casual observing session among members locally tonight AND their annual Perseids StarBQ on Saturday night, details here:
www.irishastronomy.org/index.php?option=...71&Itemid=211#104542

The Irish Astronomical Association are hosting their own event, also on Saturday night, details on their website at www.irishastro.org

Anyone else care to add anything extra?

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4 years 7 months ago #104546 by Paul Evans
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Actually the IAA event is tonight, Wednesday 12th at Delamont Country Park in Co Down. Weather forecast is looking excellent for our location! Barbie from 20:00 onwards, observing from darkness onwards, circa 22:00, ISS pass at 22:27 - as always all are welcome

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4 years 7 months ago #104548 by Seanie_Morris
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My bad, thanks for correcting, Paul! :)

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4 years 7 months ago #104557 by flt158
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Good evening, all.

We have just had an exhausting day with a lot of walking and driving. So we are staying put for tonight at our hotel in South County Antrim. Later we will watch out for some Perseids after sunset if the skies clear. For now we have completely overcast skies. Time for a snooze.

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4 years 7 months ago #104562 by flt158
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Still completely overcast in South Antrim at 11 pm.

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4 years 7 months ago #104563 by Seanie_Morris
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Very clear skies in Offaly tonight, lots of reports around the midlands coming in of sightings. :)

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4 years 7 months ago #104564 by Fermidox
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Seen 18 since midnight, good show here in Sth Limerick

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4 years 7 months ago #104565 by johnomahony
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overcast in north Mayo (as usual) :(

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4 years 7 months ago #104566 by Bart
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No good in Cork

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4 years 7 months ago #104567 by lunartic
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Misty conditions in Dublin, saw a couple of bright meteors, but disappointing overall.

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4 years 7 months ago #104568 by Fermidox
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Gosh I feel a bit guilty saying I counted 38 in total from S Limerick, including a few sporadics.

Maybe 10 bright ones, 3 or 4 leaving trails and one which seemed to reignite after its initial fading.

A fine show.
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4 years 7 months ago #104569 by Graham
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Composite of meteors last night caught on the meteor cam, DúnLaoghaire, Dublin, majority Perseids.

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4 years 7 months ago #104570 by Seanie_Morris
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3 of us from MAC out at my place lost count over a 2.5 hour period. Many, many -1 and brighter meteors, lots of short ones, some long, streaky ones. Plenty of satellites too!

Overall, this has to be the BEST Perseids meteor shower display in around 10 years.

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4 years 7 months ago #104576 by donalmcnamara
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Cloudy in Clonmel, but spotted a few

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