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Perseids meteor shower - Wet wet wet!

Posted By XTSee On August 15, 2010 @ 9:38 am In Astronomy, Observing | No Comments

Nothing, not a sausage. As I feared, it was rainy with just the odd passing gap in the clouds to peer through, but even then saw nothing, but with a Zenithal Hourly Rate predicted of 80-120, i.e. in theory a meteor every 30 to 60 seconds, we would hope to have seen something.

Saturday night was a little clearer but my missus and I only saw one decent meteor streak, although we weren’t outside for more than 15 minutes.

Sometimes I wonder whether the predicted peak dates are correct?

Considering I saw quite a few meteors in about a 10 minute period on Tuesday (a couple of days before the predicted peak dates), I think the professional astronomers who give us the dates are perhaps a bit out on their dates!?

How do they know? Is it based upon the orbital paths and observations of the previous year? I wonder if some adjustment should be made. Ok, sour grapes I know, just disappointed when I read about other peoples successful nights.

How was it for you - Did you have better luck than we did?

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