Scientists are pulling their annual trick of promising a dazzling Perseid meteor shower, although seasoned Brit skygazers know only too well just thinking about the possibility of being treated to a spectacular lightshow is enough to provoke 10/10 cloud cover and torrential rain. The Perseids are set to peak on Thursday night …
are you sure that's .....
Tuttle and not Buttle !
That would deserve...
... a Swift [Re]Buttle...
planet watchers should be in for a treat also
the Perseids this year will be coupled with a pretty good planetary alignment.
Mars, Venus and Saturn are all within a gnats of the crescent moon, with Mercury not far below (but never more than 14' from the sun, so it will set long before the Perseids are visible)
there is a reasonable sky map at
which links to a GIF with the planets added at
Insert Schoolboy Humor...
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Astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to Urectum
Don't look if they are all green...
Mine is the double layer leather one with a chicken wire face mask.
That's dumb. Chicken wire is too flimsy and the gaps is too big. Youse needs Merikan muzzy screen over welded-mesh rabbit hutch stuff ...dipped in RoundUp. Don't you Brits know nothin?
Yup, you were right. Met Office forcasts cloud.
Clear skies then.
What, you think they'll get it right?
I've had many fun nights getting pissed and watching the Perseids.
From France of course, never over here :(
Well, this should solve...
"the possibility of being treated to a spectacular lightshow is enough to provoke 10/10 cloud cover and torrential rain."
...should solve the world's greatest moral crisis previously known as "global warming" but lately called "climate change"
Err, the raincoat, thanks.
Remember seeing this in France about 15 years ago, amazing. Dozens and dozens of shooting stars! Chances of seeing it from the UK....... about as much chance as this being the hottest summer. Pissing it down as we speak...
My pre-GCSE geography class told me that it was measured in eighths. It was a good few years until I found anything else measured that way...
this is clearly a cover story to hide Nibiru
They use Chemtrails to mask what's really going on.
I gave up years ago watching astronomical events of any kind. Didn't get a decent solar eclipse, didn't see Hailey's comet, and only about once in life ever saw a meteorite burning up.
Only other thing i've seen are the odd satellite flying over and that was from a very rural part of the country.
Was lucky enough to see the Leonids
In 2001 they were visible in clear skies in the desert in Aus from around 11pm to dawn and peaked at around one per minute. I wasn't aware until then that you could hear and see them explode. Words like spectacular and awesome should be reserved for such occasions. One of the best nights of my life.
but still they come......
Well, i'm surprised
I, for one, welcome our glowing perseid overlords.
Thanks for the heads-up, El Reg
It sounds like it'll be a fine weekend to go camping somewhere under clear skies - no joke...
fine weekend to go camping
I shall be happily ensconced in a nice small valley I know in North Wales.
No street lights nor houses for miles.
Just a tent, good company and the stars.
Flames? from the camp fire of course.
An absolute shower
The last time I managed to see the Perseid meteors was about 17 years ago on a warm and clear August night. I didn't have a camera good enough to photograph any of them in those days but I made a drawing of one, which I've reproduced below.
War of the worlds anywone?
So the event is to the later end of this week?
I was reminded of the following lyrics:
At midnight on the twelfth of August, a huge mass of
luminous gas erupted from Mars
and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles
of void, invisibly hurtling
...towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to
bring so much calamity to Earth.
Real men watch the Bootids
and have the nadgers frozen off:
4 Jan 1979, 3:00 a.m., Bootid swarm beautiful, but -27.3 Celsius.
Great show though!
@An absolute shower
haha! That really made me chuckle..
Interesting article icon showing protostellar bipolar ejection