Perseid party-pooper

Posted by @ 1:56 pm on Thursday 13th August, 2009.
Categories: Astrostuff

According to the weather forecast on Monday, the night skies were to be fairly cloudy on Tuesday and mainly clear on Wednesday. Sadly, it didn't turn out that way. On Tuesday night there were plenty of clear spells during which I managed to sneak out for a quick look around, and there were plenty of Perseid meteors about. I wasn't set up for taking pics, as my camera was off-line due to a sensor-cleaning session. I figured that I could wait another day.

Last night's planned observing session turned out to be a waste of time, as we had fairly comprehensive cloud-coverage here all night. True, there were a few gaps through which the odd trail could be seen, and the clag was thin enough to see when a passing meteor was lighting up the tops of the clouds, but there was no point in setting up the camera.

According to the current forecast there's not much chance that I'll catch the tail-end of the show tonight.

Next year, maybe?

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3 Responses to “Perseid party-pooper”

  1. Kev says:

    It was clear skies up here for a change. All these celestial shenanigans are usually hidden by cloud. We saw a fair few and some of them were much brighter than I expected. Some nice colours too or that may just have been my eyesight. It was cool in a sublime sort of way 🙂

  2. Alistair says:

    yep, too much cloud all round, oh well, I did see one from the couch on Tuesday 😛

  3. Hamish Fenton says:

    I went out on Thursday evening (oxfordshire) from about 10.30pm for half an hour before it clouded over 🙁 , managed a couple of photos of the stars spinning around 🙂 . I hoped although did not expect to capture any of the persids, I only saw one bright one and it was outside the field of view of the camera, but I saw plenty of satellites and aeroplanes.

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