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Perseids.. just around the corner..

31 Jul 2016, 18:17 UTC
Perseids.. just around the corner..
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It's that time of year again.....the Perseids are back..! Every August the deck chairs are dragged out of the shed, and the chai tea is prepared.Then, for the next few weeks the Perseid meteor shower will be much on my mind.This annual celestial fireworks display is probably one of my favourite naked eye astronomical events.The peak of this year's event will be on the evening of the 11th into the early hours of the 12th.Which for me means pulling an all night observing session through until early day break.With any luck the skies will be clear, and I will be completely knackered from my all night vigil...!The Perseid shower is one of the best meteor showers to observe. Many people are on holiday at this time of year, so staying up all night is less of a problem.Plus the weather is usually warmer, meaning we can all sit outside for longer periods of time.Though you will usually still need some warm clothing at hand for observations between midnight and Sun up the next day..Here's one of my Perseid observations from last year's log book:"Over the first hour I spotted 13 meteors, mostly short trails and about magnitude 3 in brightness.Most ...

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