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Friday, August 14, 2015

PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER 2015

Location:  Lepreau, NB, Canada.  From 'the rock' at Stephen T's house.

Date Time:  August 13, 2015 2200-0000hrs

Weather:  Partly to mostly foggy, with most of the western half of the sky mostly clear.  The eastern half cleared briefly.  Thick fog took over most of the entire sky by midnight with only the brightest stars of the summer triangle viewable.  No wind, lots of moisture, a few mosquitoes and approximately 13-10C.

Attendance:  Ed O., Stephen T. and Myself.

Equipment:  Stephens' zero gravity lounge chair, Eds' standard lounge chair and my low, leaned back lawn chair.

Objective:  To observe the Perseid's Meteor Shower which peaked Aug 13, 2015 at 2am.

Highlights:

  • Some forty confirmed shooting star sightings between the three of us, with at least seven, very faint, very fast 'maybies' that we couldn't confirm.  We seen twenty bright ones the first hour, then twenty bright ones the second hour.
  • Perseus was low in the NE and not visible due to fog.
  • The International Space Station was observed for about two minutes from 2215 to 2217 very bright, going from the NW to the E.  Confirmed at Heavens-above.com 
  • At least twenty of the confirmed shooting star sighting were 'Jupiter like' bright, were 'medium slow' in speed and left a lingering smoke trail according to Ed and Stephen and I.  Ed seen them as orange where I seen them as more yellowish with a hint of orange.
  • Ed thought he could see M13 with averted vision, it was almost straight overhead to the East.
  • Most of the shooting stars were seen around the Milky Way, either around the Ursa Major(north west), near Arcturus(west), over Scorpius(south) or through the Summer Triangle(overhead).
  • Only one of the bright shooting stars was not coming from the Perseus direction.  It came from the south west and was bright blue.
  • Milkyway, when it wasn't covered by fog, was very distinctive in the SSE.  The dark lanes were very distinctive and all three of us commented on it.
  • Constellations observed:  Ursa Major, Hercules, Corona Borealis, Scorpius, Delphinus, Sagitta, Cygnus, and Cassiopeia was partially visible for a short period of time, then covered by fog most of the time.
  • Many satellites were seen.

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