Meteor shower

Discussion in 'Non-Pyro chat' started by elmo, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. elmo

    elmo Pro Firer/Crew

    should be a good Perseid Meteor Shower tonight, early hours if your lucky enough to have clear skies?
    @ambientskies ??
     
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  2. Pyro Pete

    Pyro Pete Forum Editor

    Thanks for the heads up, forgot all about this, cloudy here now but will check in the middle of the night :)
     
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  3. Pyromania

    Pyromania Pro Firer/Crew

  4. Pyro Pete

    Pyro Pete Forum Editor

    Cloudy at 2am and 3am... didn’t see a thing.
     
  5. ambientskies

    ambientskies Pro Firer/Crew Supports UKFR

    We’re at Dingli Cliffs in Malta, stayed until 2am after finding a spot without car headlights as the Event is a big thing here. Maybe 50+ with about 10 slow ones. Insects and clouds took the night though...
     
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  6. Cullann

    Cullann Pro Firer/Crew

    My app says the peak is tonight, on the 14th. Which should be cloud free, hopefully also insect free.
     
  7. Cullann

    Cullann Pro Firer/Crew

    Yep, clear skies here. Seen about a dozen in the last half hour, many with nice fluffy trails. And one that was just like a bright star appearing and disappearing, so I can only assume that if it had fallen to earth it would have hit me smack between the eyes.
    Also saw an anti-meteor - an invisible black streak that momentarily blotted out a few stars.
    Which turned out to be a bat.
     
  8. ambientskies

    ambientskies Pro Firer/Crew Supports UKFR

    It might have been a Flare...
     
  9. Cullann

    Cullann Pro Firer/Crew

    I suppose an irridium flare would be the prosaic explanation....but I prefer to think of it as cosmic target practise....I've always harboured a romantic longing to be the first person on earth to be fatally struck by a meteor.... don't destroy my dream!
     
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  10. Pyro Pete

    Pyro Pete Forum Editor

    Apparently someone in India died in 2016, but NASA debunked it saying it looked like a ground-based explosion rather than a meteor. So your dream lives on!