Terra Sigillata

How ’bout them Perseids?

A quick question while my brand science has me staring either in a microscope or at my navel:

What is the forecast for this year’s Perseids meteor shower around the world?

Of course, I’m personally more interested in the northern hemisphere but I am blessed with a good number of colleagues and blog readers in the southern hemisphere.

What’s the word?


  1. #1 DPG
    August 10, 2006

    Nearly full moon will seriously wash them out. Haven’t heard any other forecasts.

  2. #2 Steinn Sigurdsson
    August 10, 2006

    You call, I obey…

  3. #3 Stephen
    August 10, 2006


    Tony has a unique perspective. Sure, there’s going to be about an hour on Saturday before the bright moon rises. But, while the dimmer streaks will be missed, there are Earth-grazers that are spectacular, if more rare. Perhaps one per hour.

    I was out on July 29th with the astronomy club. It was clear, if hot and muggy. There were lots of satelites and meteors to see, though i wasn’t really looking for them. I’m currently showing no less than seven active showers right now. Only one of them is the Persieds. Granted, the Persieds, at perhaps 100 per hour, domintates. The others combined are just under an additional 40 per hour. Most of the year is a good time to see a meteor show.

    I’ll be out on Saturday. I’ll bring my scope and moon filter. Maybe I’ll borrow an Oxygen iii filter and look at nebula.

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