2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Seen any good fireballs lately?
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2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » July 14th, 2016, 5:16 pm

The Perseid meteor shower lasts this year from 13 July to 26 August. Practically speaking, within forty kilometers of Baton Rouge one should look from 10 August to 14 August.

HRPO personnel are planning to have the facility open from 10pm to 2am on Thursday, 11 August. The only government property in EBR Parish people are allowed to use for viewing this event is probably the Highland Road Park Observatory. HRPO is definitely the only BREC property on which people can be for the Perseids. The viewing session has no admission fee and all ages are allowed.

On the night of 11/12 August the radiant will be at the following altitudes...
10pm = 7˚
11pm = 13˚
12am = 20˚
1am = 27˚
2am = 35˚

One should lie comfortably on the ground on a blanket or tarp that can get dirty. Alternatively, use a lawn chair or some other reclining chair. Before midnight, one should face northwest or southeast, whichever is darker. After midnight, one can look anywhere in the sky. Most of the time, one should keep the head angled to a point about halfway to two-thirds from the horizon to zenith.

General tips for viewing meteors include...
*Dress warmly. You'd be surprised how much body heat you lose while immobile.
*Do not consume alcohol of any sort. Even before consumption has given you a "buzz", it has hindered night vision.
*Do not allow your electronic device (flip phone, smart phone, etc.) to glow in your eyes unless you can have it glow red and faint.
*Do not break any laws or ignore any basic safety principles to increase the chance of seeing more meteor streaks; it's not worth it.

The Perseid radiant lies five-and-a-half degrees east-northeast of the Perseid Double Cluster and two-and-three-quarters degrees from Eta Persei, an M-class magnitude 3.8 double star. A few meteors seen during these mornings may be sporadic (not associated with any shower) or related to one of many minor showers happening simultaneously.

If you choose to view from your backyard, make advanced plans to extinguish your home's outer lights and to request that your neighbors do the same. If you have a civic or homeowners' association consider making a motion to adopt a policy to switch to and maintain full cut-off (FCO) lighting year-round; this will make your neighborhood perpetually "ready" for viewing meteors in the night sky.

Please do not go anywhere for which you've not been given permission, or anywhere that is unsafe.

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » July 22nd, 2016, 5:46 pm

BRAS’s Light Pollution Committee will attempt to inform as many homeowners and civic associations in the area as possible, encouraging them to cut off or shield porch lights on the eleventh (and explaining that perpetually-shielded lights will prepare for celestial events not so easily foreseen, such as a bright comet or close asteroid pass). Many locations in the HRPO service area have full cut-off (FCO) lighting, though the total percentage of outside lamps that are now FCO is still probably about one percent.

This event is also very weather-dependent and the NOAA weather forecast will be consulted six days out, three days out and finally three hours before the public event is to start.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/meteors.html

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » August 6th, 2016, 5:23 pm

Below is the NOAA current forecast for 10pm Thursday to 2am Friday...
precipitation potential, 29%
sky cover, 74%
relative humidity, 88%
temperature, 28˚C
heat index, 33˚C
surface wind, SW 10 km/h


Sadly these values do not bode well for our viewing of the Perseids. If they do not change HRPO personnel will close at 1am. We will make the final decision Thursday at 7pm.

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » August 9th, 2016, 1:14 pm

Below is the NOAA current forecast for 10pm Thursday to 2am Friday...
precipitation potential, 40%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 85%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, S 5 km/h


These forecasts aren't getting better! If these values do not change the public offering at HRPO for the Perseids will end at midnight.

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » August 10th, 2016, 11:12 am

Below is the NOAA current forecast for 10pm Thursday to 2am Friday...
precipitation potential, 63%
sky cover, 85%
relative humidity, 83%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 30˚C
surface wind, SW 8 km/h


It's becoming more unlikely that local citizens will be able to view the Perseids live. If these values do not change the public offering at HRPO for the Perseids will be cancelled.

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » August 11th, 2016, 1:33 pm

Below is the NOAA current forecast for 10pm tonight to 2am tomorrow morning...
precipitation potential, 80%
sky cover, 95%
relative humidity, 87%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 31˚C
surface wind, SW 9 km/h


If these values do not change the public offering at HRPO for the Perseids will be cancelled. The decision will be made by HRPO personnel at 7pm.

There will be live streaming from (hopefully) clearer locations on Earth beginning at 9pm CDT on NASA-TV...
https://blogs.nasa.gov/Watch_the_Skies/ ... aug-11-12/

More information about this year's Perseids:
http://www.amsmeteors.org/2016/08/viewi ... -perseids/
http://www.astronomy.com/news/observing ... y-20-years
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronom ... -rv-parks/
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronom ... d-meteors/

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by rockinrod » August 11th, 2016, 2:11 pm

3:15 AM here in the Philippines...I just came down off the roof after two hours of meteor gazing...Not too good a night, too much light pollution, and the clouds started to roll in, so I packed it in...Ended up seeing only three...I saw one flash by in my binoculars while i was skimming over Pegasus...Better than nothing I guess....Hopefully this time next year I will be back in the States out in the desert someplace, hehehe...! Guess I get an E for effort eh...? Take care... :mrgreen:

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Christopher K. wrote:The Perseid meteor shower lasts this year from 13 July to 26 August. Practically speaking, within forty kilometers of Baton Rouge one should look from 10 August to 14 August.

HRPO personnel are planning to have the facility open from 10pm to 2am on Thursday, 11 August. The only government property in EBR Parish people are allowed to use for viewing this event is probably the Highland Road Park Observatory. HRPO is definitely the only BREC property on which people can be for the Perseids. The viewing session has no admission fee and all ages are allowed.

On the night of 11/12 August the radiant will be at the following altitudes...
10pm = 7˚
11pm = 13˚
12am = 20˚
1am = 27˚
2am = 35˚

One should lie comfortably on the ground on a blanket or tarp that can get dirty. Alternatively, use a lawn chair or some other reclining chair. Before midnight, one should face northwest or southeast, whichever is darker. After midnight, one can look anywhere in the sky. Most of the time, one should keep the head angled to a point about halfway to two-thirds from the horizon to zenith.

General tips for viewing meteors include...
*Dress warmly. You'd be surprised how much body heat you lose while immobile.
*Do not consume alcohol of any sort. Even before consumption has given you a "buzz", it has hindered night vision.
*Do not allow your electronic device (flip phone, smart phone, etc.) to glow in your eyes unless you can have it glow red and faint.
*Do not break any laws or ignore any basic safety principles to increase the chance of seeing more meteor streaks; it's not worth it.

The Perseid radiant lies five-and-a-half degrees east-northeast of the Perseid Double Cluster and two-and-three-quarters degrees from Eta Persei, an M-class magnitude 3.8 double star. A few meteors seen during these mornings may be sporadic (not associated with any shower) or related to one of many minor showers happening simultaneously.

If you choose to view from your backyard, make advanced plans to extinguish your home's outer lights and to request that your neighbors do the same. If you have a civic or homeowners' association consider making a motion to adopt a policy to switch to and maintain full cut-off (FCO) lighting year-round; this will make your neighborhood perpetually "ready" for viewing meteors in the night sky.

Please do not go anywhere for which you've not been given permission, or anywhere that is unsafe.

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » August 11th, 2016, 7:15 pm

Below is the NOAA current forecast for 10pm tonight to 2am tomorrow morning...
precipitation potential, 77%
sky cover, 90%
relative humidity, 89%
temperature, 27˚C
heat index, 28˚C
surface wind, S 10 km/h


The Perseid viewing event at HRPO is cancelled. HRPO itself will close at 8pm.

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » August 12th, 2016, 11:59 am

A summary of worldwide Perseid viewing efforts was to be offered to the public at HRPO tonight at 7:30pm. However, Governor John Bel Edwards has declared at state of emergency for Louisiana. All BREC facilities including HRPO are closed today and tonight.

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Re: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » August 24th, 2016, 11:30 am

Well...
The Perseid peak was more intense than typical years. That's right, Mother Nature, rub it in! The "Perseid Report" lecture cancelled on the 12th due to the Great Flood of 2016 has been rescheduled for 9 September.

More information:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronom ... ry-nicely/

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