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The Perseids

08/11/2009 2:31 PM

Seems like the Perseids are at it again!

It looks to be a good show! It would be interesting if the ion trails left behind by the meteors would assist in SW radio broadcasts.

SPACEWEATHER RADIO: The US Air Force Space Surveillance Radar is scanning the skies over North America. When a Perseid meteor passes overhead--"ping"--there is an echo. Tune into Spaceweather Radio for a live audio feed from the radar facility.

PERSEID UPDATE: The Perseid meteor shower is about to peak. The show begins after sunset on Tuesday, August 11th, and continues until dawn on Wednesday, August 12th. During the long night, sky watchers could see dozens of meteors per hour. (continued below)

A time of particular interest is 0800 UT (1 am PDT) on August 12th. That's when Earth is expected to pass through a denser-than-usual filament of dust from the shower's parent Comet Swift-Tuttle. For an hour or so, rates could surge to 200 per hour. Bright moonlight will blot out many of those Perseids, but even a fraction of 200 is a good show. Observing tips may be found in the Science@NASA story "The Perseids are Coming."

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08/11/2009 2:52 PM

I want to see them so much tonight, but I am afraid that it might be too cloudy to see them.

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08/11/2009 5:40 PM

I'm with you, Jaxy---clouds and rain will probably spoil the chances in our neck of the woods. Will be checking periodically, though, for a clear spot! Thanks for the links, Duckinthepond.

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08/11/2009 5:43 PM

It seems like whenever there's any kind of stargazing phenomenon you might want to watch: eclipses, meteor showers... it's always cloudy here. Well most of the time. Like tonight.

Love the sound effects though. Thanks for the link to live scanning, I'll try to listen tonight when the shower is on.

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08/11/2009 6:15 PM

I don't know about SW broadcasts and enhancements.

But I do know there are these enhancements on the VHF and UHF frequency ranges.

Amateur Radio Operators use meteor scatter all the time as a good method to communicarte. and they will be busy tonight for sure! even right now!


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08/12/2009 8:27 AM

You're right....sw is too slow. Tried listening in to a weak signal. It would increase and then fade.

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08/12/2009 8:15 AM

Alas, nothing but clouds here in Jersey.

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08/12/2009 8:22 AM

Well now..........in this neck of the woods the clouds did part and the event was astonishing if not downright biblical. I was on Georgian Bay which was unusually calm last night. Apart from an almost continuos dappling of streaks they also came in pulses ie many 100's within the space of a few seconds. The blue glow from the light illuminated everything around but the most amazing thing was their reflecting off the calm water. It was two shows for the price of one!

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08/12/2009 9:21 AM

What time was it when this happened?

I partake in this ritual almost every year, and had meager to none expectations for this year because on the moon. Which rose at about 11 or so.

So the wife and i went out at ten hopeing for something for that hour of moonlessness.

I was soo incredibly dissapointed. I never had a persied shower this bad in a span of 15 min we had 2 good ones with trails, and that was all!

The sky was decent, the milky way was almost horizon to horzon. wwe stayed for until the moon rose and that was it.


I never had such a poor showing in 40+ years of doing this. How weird it that?

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08/12/2009 9:53 AM

I think they are supposed to put on a better show tonight according to this article:

http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/9889/Strong-Meteor-Shower-Expected-Tonight

Now if I could see the starts period, it will be a miracle. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of cloud cover.

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08/12/2009 6:11 PM

all is not lost, then, perhaps? We had the densest cloud and fog up until 11 this morning, but it has cleared off and I don't see a cloud in the sky..

guess I'll be sitting up tonight, hoping for a late Perseid...

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08/12/2009 9:59 AM

That is strange.

Between 12 and 2 am thereabouts. We were on the north shore of Georgian Bay. Trajectories were from east to nw. Saw a few that blew up into multiple pieces.

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08/12/2009 10:04 AM

Determined to try again tonight. All I saw last night was a few skunks skulking about.

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08/12/2009 10:36 AM

We had a bear swipe a bottle of wine right under our noses.

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08/12/2009 10:45 AM

A Boozin Bear Huh?

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08/12/2009 11:58 AM

You should've seen it when the railroad spilled 50 tons of corn into a ditch and it began to ferment! The cleanup crews couldn't get near it.

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08/12/2009 10:52 AM

You were drinking wine?! No wonder you saw all those pretty lights...

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08/12/2009 12:01 PM

..........it was an amusing chablis.........

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