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    The Perseids are back!

    In about another 3 and a half hours time, the Earth will be passing through a dense portion of the debris left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

    This means it is happy hunting time for shooting stars again!

    This morning, unfortunately, was clouded over as usual in USJ. Let's hope tonight will bring clear skies for the star gazers amongst us. I'm camping out in my garden tonight.

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    What time is it can i see in USJ?Need to get a bottle of pinot nior stand by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan tomaswaki
    What time is it can i see in USJ?Need to get a bottle of pinot nior stand by.
    jan, there is no fixed time to watch this meteor shower. Just keep your eyes wide for any patch of unclouded sky tonight, and look away from surrounding lights. My favorite time for spotting shooting stars is between 1.00-3.00 am. The neighbours are asleep by then and their lights switched off. If the sky looks promising, I may just jump into my car and take a short drive to Putra Heights for a little more excitement.

    BTW thanks for the fruity reminder (unfortunately it's not the season for cheap beaujolais nouveau yet, which is all I can afford), but a couple of cans of San Miguel will do my pocket fine. Plenty of salty roasted peanuts to go with the influence, of course. I'll be constipated like hell the next few days but that's the price one pays for the indulgence.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned
    jan, there is no fixed time to watch this meteor shower. Just keep your eyes wide for any patch of unclouded sky tonight, and look away from surrounding lights. My favorite time for spotting shooting stars is between 1.00-3.00 am. The neighbours are asleep by then and their lights switched off. If the sky looks promising, I may just jump into my car and take a short drive to Putra Heights for a little more excitement.
    Why & which part of Putra Heights?
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    Putra Heights has less light pollution than most parts of USJ, and from various select locations around Bukit Lanchong, I can see clear to the horizon. But I fear, with increasing development, it won't stay a viable star gazing spot in the near future.

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    I'm going camping in Camerons this weekend to do a spot of stargazing and meteor spotting.

    Cross my fingers for clear skies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronOng
    I'm going camping in Camerons this weekend.....
    Wheeee! Envy!

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    Last night rain and heavy clouds cover the sky. Tonight still got?
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    I waited last night when they reported that the meteor shower would be visible from 12 midnight till 5am. So there i was.. lying on the foldable recliner, covered in a blanket cos it was a bit cold, and waited, waited, waited... but nothing. Saw loads of stars, and a partial moon, but no meteor shower. After waiting for about half hour, i got fed up of straining my eyes trying to look for some action.

    Went to bed instead. Supposedly tonight it will be visible again here in California. So i shall give it one more try.
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    Ya lah, the overcast sky was disappointing. We can still observe for another week, I guess, but the meteor count will be tapering off as we move out of the denser parts of the comet's dust trail.

    For me, I will keep watching every night until I see at least one Perseid! With events like this, you can never tell.....might just get a superduper boloid out of the blue. Pow!

    lady-o-leisure, if you can see stars in California (in good old USJ, we've forgotten what the stars look like), your chance of spotting a Perseid is high! Keep your eyes averted from the Moon, and be extremely patient. Sometimes you don't see anything for an hour, then you might hit the jackpot the very next minute.

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    I will be going to the east coast tomorrow - will it be possible to see them Friday night?

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    AllUrban, which part of the East Coast? Up north, along the Kelantan & Terengganu coastlines and away from the main towns, you can see shooting stars almost every night if you are alert enough. And don't forget the awesome sight of our Milky Way......

    To spot a Perseid (or rather, to differentiate a Perseid from a normal meteorite) you need to trace the path of the shooting star backwards. A perseid is so called because it appears to come from the constellation of Perseus. Now, if you don't know which is the Perseus constellation, then that's another long story....

    Anyhow, a shooting star is a shooting star no matter what we humans call it. So if you see one, just make your mandatory wish for world peace, and enjoy the privilege of encountering something out of this troubled world.

    Happy hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineTuned
    AllUrban, which part of the East Coast? Up north, along the Kelantan & Terengganu coastlines and away from the main towns, you can see shooting stars almost every night if you are alert enough. And don't forget the awesome sight of our Milky Way......

    To spot a Perseid (or rather, to differentiate a Perseid from a normal meteorite) you need to trace the path of the shooting star backwards. A perseid is so called because it appears to come from the constellation of Perseus. Now, if you don't know which is the Perseus constellation, then that's another long story....

    Anyhow, a shooting star is a shooting star no matter what we humans call it. So if you see one, just make your mandatory wish for world peace, and enjoy the privilege of encountering something out of this troubled world.

    Happy hunting!
    Im going to Rompin...which is "east coast" though it may not be on the coast.

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    Yay!!Just saw the meteor shower! woohoo... finally after waiting for a while, straining my neck looking all over.. i saw a few of them, one at a time. There was one rather bright one.. the rest were little ones. There is no way i can take any pics tho, coz they seem to be all over and they're just split second flashes. I hv a 160deg view of the sky since the hses here are spread apart and no tall buildings nearby. I just stood on the sidewalk to get an even wider view and had the moon behind me.

    It's now 1.10am my time. Finally i can go to sleep in peace
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    Quote Originally Posted by lady-o-leisure
    Yay!!Just saw the meteor shower! woohoo...
    What time is the next flight to L.A.? Putra Heights...bye bye.

    AllUrban, sure, you can still watch for the Perseids this Friday night in Rompin. Stay away from the town lights and I think you'll spot a few.

    Reports coming in from all over the world seem to say this year's Perseids are rather good!

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