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Old 08-10-2008, 03:37 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Default Where to view Perseids?

Well, I've promised myself that not another year is going to go by without seeing this meteor shower. I've about given up trying to see them anywhere in the Triangle--the light pollution coupled with our usual high humidity and night cloudiness makes it virtually impossible. Heck, one year I actually drove, at 3am mind you, way up into Person County, but the humid fog obscured the sky. Not to mention the persistent orange glow coming from Raleigh/Durham.

Where have people had success in viewing these? I'm willing to drive several hours. Seriously.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:28 AM
 
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Well, I've promised myself that not another year is going to go by without seeing this meteor shower. I've about given up trying to see them anywhere in the Triangle--the light pollution coupled with our usual high humidity and night cloudiness makes it virtually impossible. Heck, one year I actually drove, at 3am mind you, way up into Person County, but the humid fog obscured the sky. Not to mention the persistent orange glow coming from Raleigh/Durham.

Where have people had success in viewing these? I'm willing to drive several hours. Seriously.
"Watch the Perseid meteor shower at a special skywatching session on Sunday, Aug. 12, at Jordan Lake, hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. "

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center :: News
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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We've been to the Morehead programs out at Jordan Lake. Definitely give that a try before you drive many miles. It is nice & dark, and lots of people--hobbyists and the Morehead folks--bring large telescopes.
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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"Watch the Perseid meteor shower at a special skywatching session on Sunday, Aug. 12, at Jordan Lake, hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. "

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center :: News
That link is actually for last year. I searched the Morehead Planetarium site and can't find a link for this year. I wonder why they aren't doing it? In any case, they do regular sky watching sessions at Jordan Lake, so I would try viewing from there even if Morehead Planetarium isn't out there.

There is also a Raleigh Astronomy club that probably has some suggestions: Raleigh Astronomy Club
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:26 PM
 
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That link is actually for last year. I searched the Morehead Planetarium site and can't find a link for this year. I wonder why they aren't doing it? In any case, they do regular sky watching sessions at Jordan Lake, so I would try viewing from there even if Morehead Planetarium isn't out there.

There is also a Raleigh Astronomy club that probably has some suggestions: Raleigh Astronomy Club


Thanks! I didn't catch that!
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Just came across this link while checking the weather on WRAL. It looks like the best viewing time is between 2 and 5 a.m. this year; maybe that's why they aren't having a viewing event.
Carolina Stars: Catching meteors and shooting stars :: WRAL.com
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I've found things hard to find on the Morehead site before, too!

Here's the link to the skywatching calendar:
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center :: Skywatching Sessions
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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I've found things hard to find on the Morehead site before, too!

Here's the link to the skywatching calendar:
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center :: Skywatching Sessions
That's exactly the thing that shows nothing about the Perseids ! Can you find anything for this year with the Perseids scheduled? It seems weird to me that this year's schedule skips the Perseids completely. The August Skywatching was too early for 'em and the September one will be too late.
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Oh, huh. Well, I don't know. Call that guest relations number & do tell!
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Ah, here's the other location I was looking for... I've never been, but I heard it was a good place to view the stars, etc. The schedule is outdated, so you'll have to do a little detective work.
Duke Teaching Observatory
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