Totally off topic, but I forgive myself for once..

  Forum Editor 23:52 11 Aug 04
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If you're awake just before dawn, and the sky's clear where you live, see if you can spot one of the solar system's free extravaganzas?

We're curently passing through the Perseids - the name given to the debris shed by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. The debris particles are tiny - roughly the size of a match head, or a dried pea. Inbound at around 50Km a second, they release their energy as they hit the earth's atmosphere and burn up in a burst of intense light.

If you're lucky you'll see about one a minute on average, and some of the larger ones will leave trails that last for a few seconds. Well worth a look.

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  Dan the Confused 00:18 12 Aug 04

More info click here

Some years it can be spectacular, but you have to find somewhere away from street lighting.

I know all about astronomy cos I've got a postcard from Patrick Moore. So there.

  Charence 00:36 12 Aug 04

weather where I am is quite poor at the moment so no chance of seeing the Perseid meteors tonight, maybe tomorrow it'll be better.

Apparently under ideal conditions there can be upto 50-100 per hour.

Charence

  Sethhaniel 11:49 12 Aug 04

XP faults on ;)


- get yer anoraks on -

well typically no moon so clear viewing - except for English weather fog / mist / streetlight polution - have to wait till were hit by one to know its going on ;)

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