In Pursuit of the Perfect Perseid
Lately, the annual Perseid meteor shower has, for me, become been elusive. I used to be able to sit in my backyard in mid-August and see the streaking meteors. But no longer. Too much light pollution, too much pollution of other kinds too. In 2015, I stared and strained and failed to see a single streak in the sky. A new year beckons, so I have resolved to start an annual Perseid paddling expedition. What better place to study the heavens than an isolated lake? This year (2016) is not expected to be a prime viewing opportunity. The moon will not be helpful (and of course, it could always be cloudy). But plans are being made. Below is a link to a site with advice on how, when and where to watch. I will be staring at the sky from a remote location to be determined.
12/9/2015 01:37:54 pm
It's a beautifu; picture - I've often wonered if, on special astral event occasions, we couldn't convince cities to go dark for even just a few minutes. Not practical I guess, or politically smart to manufacture a power outage.
12/9/2015 02:17:03 pm
Great shot. Let me know when you're coming up north to do some star-gazing. Cheers.
12/9/2015 07:20:17 pm
We often can see the stars (and even satellites!) in our backyard. Perhaps it is the added elevation, perhaps the less intrusive light pollution. Nonetheless, a 50 minute or so drive might be a quick fix for you. Always welcome.
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