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Old 08-11-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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Anyone planning to catch this? What's the best location? Strong Meteor Shower Expected Tonight - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20090811/sc_space/strongmeteorshowerexpectedtonight - broken link)
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:15 PM
 
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Best location this year would be a North Shore Beach, where you can view the entire NE sky and block (as best as you can) that bright moon, which has a tendency to bleach out the faint meteors. Perseids are very reliable and sometimes include very bright fireball meteors. If you see one of those, don't worry so much about the moon! You will need lounge chair, insect repellent and as great a sky area as possible. You needn't look directly at Perseus (the radiant point). The short meteor trails will be close to Perseus, but the longer (and more spectacular ) meteors can be far away from Perseus. Binoculars and telescopes are not needed, just your naked eye. Enjoy them. I will be out on my roof on a lounge chair.....always fun.
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I notice I can't see many stars here in Levittown. I can only see like 3 more stars in comparison to when I was living in Queens, lol. I guess we'd have to go to the north shore to see it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:59 PM
 
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When is this shower?
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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bring an umbrella for the shower...and soap
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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When is this shower?

12am-5am.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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When is this shower?
Tonight (probably going on now) till dawn 4 or 5 am Wednesday. North East sky....
Since I was up checking my broken car posting, I figured I will go out and check out the sky.... did not see anything, then again the moon is out there and probably its outshining the shower !!
I read somewhere that you can see it tomorrow too....
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I can only see 3 stars in Levittown, lol.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:15 AM
 
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^^ Yeah its amazing what you see in the sky when you do a 2 hour drive west to Pennsylvania. I dont know which plays a bigger part for not seeing anything in the skies here....LI being sea level or all the dirty air? We were in the Poconos a few weeks ago and the kids were amazed at all the stars in the sky. Kinda sad right?
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:43 AM
 
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^^ Yeah its amazing what you see in the sky when you do a 2 hour drive west to Pennsylvania. I dont know which plays a bigger part for not seeing anything in the skies here....LI being sea level or all the dirty air? We were in the Poconos a few weeks ago and the kids were amazed at all the stars in the sky. Kinda sad right?
It is actually the light pollution from surrounding towns. Heck even if you go to Sunken Meadow you get all the light pollution from Connecticut. It is terrible.

When we had that big blackout years ago, you could see a lot more stars than normal.

Also the humidity does play a factor.

I was out in Utah one year and the number of stars you could see was amazing. It is where I first spotted the seven sisters.
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