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Post by ghiro on Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:55 pm

I gather that we're currently at the height of the annual Perseid meteor shower.  This is obviously visible in the UK but am I wasting my time peering into the black Italian heavens tonight?
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Re: Shooting stars

Post by Geotherm on Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:32 pm

Put your location in on this site Ghiro and you may be lucky to see it.

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html

Otherwise, a few grappas and vino will always help to give the same!! lol!

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Re: Shooting stars

Post by ghiro on Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:45 pm

There seems to be, rather irritatingly, high cloud cover tonight.  So I think, as you so sensibly advise Geotherm, I''ll go for the vino and grappa option and resume stargazing tomorrow.  Hic! Shocked
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Re: Shooting stars

Post by Gala Placidia on Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:09 am

It is difficult to see them, ghiro, you need the perfect night, dark, but without clouds and away from city or town lights.
The Perseids are called in Italy "Lacrime di San Lorenzo" or Tears of St Lawrence, a 3rd Century martyr, whose "crime" was to distribute help amongst the poor people in Rome. 
Prosecco also works.....Twisted Evil
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Post by Sagraiasolar on Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:52 am

There have certainly been lots visible on 11 and 12 ... cloudy last night ... should be a few still tonight .... look out for the ISS going by too ... bright and brief .. going from West to East ... comes around every 93 minutes.
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