Perseid Meteor Shower BBQ PDF Print E-mail


The annual Perseid meteor shower is looming again, which means that the annual NIAAS bbq and observing session is almost upon us.

Peak viewing time is after dark on the night of Tuesday 12th August. This year the predictions are a ZHR of 80, they should be visible as soon as darkness falls but this is a bad year for the shower as it is only 2 days after the full moon. However we still should be able to see the brighter ones!

UPDATE! BBQ on TONIGHT (Wednesday)! Based on the latest weather forecast we are now planning to run our annual BBQ tomorrow night (Wednesday 13th), there is a slight chance we could run it tonight if the weather changes! Check the forum at 1800 on each night for the lastest info: click on the forum here. Please check here first before leaving to come on the night! As usual we will be meeting in the carpark at Killylane Reservoir about 9.30pm. Directions here!

No optical aid is needed to see the meteors, although by all means bring your telescopes and binoculars along for some regular observing as well as meteor watching. A comfortable seat, or even a sun lounger, is useful, and if you are so inclined, you can bring along pencils and paper or a counter of some sort to record the number of meteors seen. We should also catch a pass of the ISS!

Cooking equipment will be provided, but please bring your own food and drink. If you have a portable barbecue, bring it with you, as the more cooking facilities we have, the quicker everyone will get fed. We'll try to provide some boiling water for tea and coffee.

Make sure to wrap up warm, and bring a blanket or even a sleeping bag for extra warmth.

In the meantime, if the skies are clear and you should be out observing, keep an eye open for any early meteors from the Perseid shower, or indeed, any other meteors.

As always, let's hope for clear skies on the night. Keep an eye on the forum for updates as the time gets nearer to the event. Hope to see a good turnout.


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