The Most Incredible Meteor Shower In A Decade Will Peak This Week

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    Aug 08, 2016 6:53 PM GMT
    The Most Incredible Meteor Shower In A Decade Will Peak This Week

    http://www.iflscience.com/space/the-perseid-meteor-shower-will-be-even-more-amazing-than-usual-next-week/
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    Aug 08, 2016 8:37 PM GMT
    Cool! I love astronomy.
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    Aug 08, 2016 10:16 PM GMT
    OK, so what's the guidance here? Which wasn't very clear in the article, nor really even it its links.

    For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, including the US, we should look to the northeastern sky after 11 PM until 4 AM? With a peak this Friday, the 12th?
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    Aug 09, 2016 1:50 PM GMT
    stay inside and dont wast your time:
    "The Most Incredible Meteor Shower In A Decade" is fake.
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    Aug 09, 2016 1:57 PM GMT
    pellaz said
    stay inside and dont wast your time:
    "The Most Incredible Meteor Shower In A Decade" is fake.

    Your basis for this claim? That countless professional and amateur photographs confirm? And that I've seen myself while camping out in low-light rural locations?

    Unfortunately the weather forecasts I've checked predict overcast night skies for that entire period here. And even then we'd have to drive some distance to get away from the city lights, which obscure half the stars. Or perhaps they don't really exist either?
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    Aug 09, 2016 2:46 PM GMT
    Perseid Meteor Shower 2016: When, Where & How to See It

    "What do you need to see them?

    The key to seeing a meteor shower is "to take in as much sky as possible," Cooke said. Go to a dark area, in the suburbs or countryside, and prepare to sit outside for a few hours. It takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and the longer you wait outside, the more you'll see. A rate of 150 meteors per hour, for instance, means two to three meteors per minute, including faint streaks along with bright, fireball-generating ones.

    Some skywatchers plan to camp out to see the Perseid meteor shower, but at the very least, viewers should bring something comfortable to sit on, some snacks and some bug spray. Then, just relax and look upward for the celestial show."

    http://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html
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    Aug 09, 2016 6:30 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOK, so what's the guidance here? Which wasn't very clear in the article, nor really even it its links.

    For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, including the US, we should look to the northeastern sky after 11 PM until 4 AM? With a peak this Friday, the 12th?


    They usually last for several hours with the peak coming in the early morning before dawn (when the face of the Earth you will be on is facing in the direction of the Earth's rotation and thus more likely to hit things flying through space).
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    Aug 09, 2016 11:54 PM GMT
    The last Perseid shower was a dud for me - I stood outside for an hour and didn't see one meteor.

    I just went outside tonight and saw 5 in the space of half an hour. Very impressive. Hopefully the skies will stay clear for the main activity on 11-12 Aug.
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    Aug 12, 2016 3:02 AM GMT
    Stayed up to watch the meteor shower tonight and saw lots of activity. Unfortunately, cloud got in the way for much of the time.