The premier meteor shower of the year, and according to professional sources there are expected to be many more meteors this year 2016 due to favourable circumstances.
When the planet Earth, in its orbit around the Sun, crosses the path of the comet Swift-Tuttle, and the trailing debris, mostly tiny sand grain sized particles, enter the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed where with friction they vapourise at high temperatures, seen as high speed tracks in the night sky.
We opened our observatory at Kenley on Thurs 11th August into the small hours for this event and also open to the public. Many meteors were seen, especially after midnight. It is suggested that visitors bring along such items as dim torch, flask of hot drink, recliner chair and blanket, and binoculars are optional for general sweeping of the sky, not required for meteors.
We always expect many to be seen, as we did. The Moon was in its First Qurater and set just after midnight, so the sky became especially dark after then. In addition we used our main telescope for general viewing and we saw the Moon, the planet Saturn and many deep sky objects during the night.
Single meteor taken from Kenley, facing north towards London. 1:08 am, 14th Dec 2009.
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More information about this astronomical event can be found here: Wikipedia
In addition to looking up at the sky and seeing these meteors, one of our members used his Radio Astronomy equipment to detect them, where inside the clubhouse a computer displayed of their effect on radio waves and complete with sounds. An advantage of this method is that it works regardless of clouds.
Weather on the night: Mostly clear up to about 1 pm when we had high cloud for a short period and then totally clear from then on and well into daylight.