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Perseid meteor shower - best views on Aug. 11-12, 2013

 
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The Perseid meteor shower is happening now and the best views according to Astronomy.com are said to be Aug. 11-12 this month.



Being in Montana now, not the Seattle area, means there might even be clear skies to view them.
 
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Thanks - Bump!
 
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Did any body get a view of these last night? It was cloudy here - and cloudy again today. Not sure that we'll see anything.
 
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- Slightly overcast, I can see 50-100 stars , saw two of the Perseids ! setting my alarm for 2am E.S.T. Big al !
 
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That's cool, Al! I heard they look like about 100 shooting stars per hour.
 
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Bummer. Totally clouded over. No meteors for me!

I still remember a night I spent in the Missouri Ozarks, lying on my back on a bald top mountain, so the horizon dipped lower--more than 180 degrees of sky. Out in the middle of nowhere, thousands of stars, the Milky Way really looking like a sweep of white across a black sky and hundreds of shooting stars. They went on and on. Now that I think about it, it was this time of year, so it was probably the Perseid meteor shower. We didn't know that at the time.
 
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Totally incredible here last night - we lucked out with the clearest skies I can remember here. The wife and went out for around 20 minutes and saw about 10 shooting stars. The miljy way was really clear too, which is very unusual!

Last time we tried to watch them a bright one shot over head and the missus ducked! I've been teasing her about that ever since
 
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Sounds lovely, Michael - even the friendly ribbing.

We had thunder and lightning here last night, which while it is a kind of light show in itself, was not exactly the one I was hoping for.
 
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we woke up at ~330 this morning and sat out watching the meteor shower and sunrise, before i headed out for work.
we were able to see a good amount of meteors, but there were some clouds that blocked part of the sky at times. kind of a bummer the best summer shower is during our cloudy/monsoon time.


we may stay up a little late to see if there is anything going on tonight.
 
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Here in Seattle, it was clear all day. Then clouded up from dusk till now, and beyond.
 
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We had rain last night in the southeast usa - hope tonight will be clearer!
 
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We had awesome views on the 11th but last night was a little cloudy. Even still the whole family was laying on the driveway watching the show. Kids (2 and 4yo) ask a lot of really funny questions when it's pitch black and you're staring at the sky way past bedtime. It's hard to explain the situation in terms they understand. I can see why ancient people were like " um... angels or fairies or sumptin".
 
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Craig, that sounds just delightful!

For those of us who couldn't see them for one reason or another, I found a video here: https://vimeo.com/72251866.

 
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