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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Perseid update

By 10.30pm the sky had clouded over completely, so I had an early night and set my 'mental clock' for 2.00am. When I got up, I found that, although the Moon was very bright, the clouds had disappeared and 'seeing' was pretty good. Between 2.00 and 3.00 I saw plenty of meteors: the average was around one per minute. By that time of night, Cassiopeia was nearly overhead and Ursa Major was hanging above the northern horizon. The majority of meteors I saw headed downwards from the zenith through Ursa Major. One or two were very bright indeed and left trails that persisted for several seconds.

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