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Title: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: Artylad on August 12, 2010, 08:33:12 am
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/05aug_perseids/ (http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/05aug_perseids/)

Should be cool, maybe worth a trip up the white horse me thinks x x x
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: Al on August 12, 2010, 09:25:34 am
Sadly it looks like it'll be cloudy :(
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: Debs on August 12, 2010, 09:44:30 am
ahhhhhhhhhh  now that explains a lot.....  other half was outside in the dark last night having a fag and come back in saying he had just seen a ufo  ::)   said he was joking but said there was definately something in the sky that moved very quickly and was quite orange in colour,,,,  i suggested a shooting star but he said more than likely a meteor or some sort falling to earth....    i really thought he was winding me up as he is bit of a joker ...guessing he was telling the truth then !!!   ::)  wish i'd seen it now  :'(
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: Al on August 12, 2010, 10:05:58 am
Oooh, having said it was to be cloudy, the BBC weather website now suggests we might get some clear spells later tonight, just in time for the peak of the shower. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: MissyD on August 12, 2010, 10:12:03 am
ahhhhhhhhhh  now that explains a lot.....  other half was outside in the dark last night having a fag and come back in saying he had just seen a ufo  ::)   said he was joking but said there was definately something in the sky that moved very quickly and was quite orange in colour,,,,  i suggested a shooting star but he said more than likely a meteor or some sort falling to earth....    i really thought he was winding me up as he is bit of a joker ...guessing he was telling the truth then !!!   ::)  wish i'd seen it now  :'(

I saw it too.... it looked more like a satellite as it didn't fizzle out like meteors do. If it's a clear night, then you can very often see the satellites moving about.
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: Debs on August 12, 2010, 10:28:53 am
did what you saw missyd move at great speed??  this one did apparently... from one side of the skies to another... definately not a plane because it was orange
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: Al on August 12, 2010, 10:39:25 am
definately not a plane because it was orange
Could have been EasyJet! ;D
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: MissyD on August 12, 2010, 11:03:38 am
did what you saw missyd move at great speed??  this one did apparently... from one side of the skies to another... definately not a plane because it was orange

Hi, yeah they move fast like a meteor, but you can trace them right across the sky unlike meteors that disappear after a few seconds. Fez has also pointed out the space station to me a few times, it appears as a very bright big star if you're lucky enough to see it.
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: patrickc on August 13, 2010, 00:01:48 am
I have had 3 looks but i haven't seen any.I've gotta go to bed now.Let us know if you see any.Good luck stargazers.
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: wanderlust on August 13, 2010, 00:04:08 am
Saw 4 in just over half an hour.  Not exactly the spectacular we been led to expect
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: Lizzi Dripping on August 13, 2010, 00:19:09 am
i have just been outside, turned off all the lights and was watching the sky for the meteor shower we were told to expect.  i saw a wonderfull  one..  quite large and it left a trace across the sky behind it.     its kind of magical dont you think?  i do, im thinking i could have led for ages on the bench if i wasnt already dressed for bed and in my night clothes.  not as many as i saw on the news earlier
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: patrickc on August 13, 2010, 15:59:56 pm
I didn't see one sodding shooting star last night but we get another chance tonight apparently.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10941034
Title: Re: Meteor shower tonight!
Post by: wanderlust on August 13, 2010, 16:22:36 pm
I didn't see one sodding shooting star last night but we get another chance tonight apparently.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10941034

Well you'd better try a bit harder tonight then, hadn't you?  [beer]