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The Perseids: July-August 2009
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Summary: Forecasters expect the 2009 Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 11th and 12th. Moonlight will interfere with the display, but not ruin it. Sky watchers in dark country locations could see more than 100 meteors per hour, and perhaps as many as 200 if Earth passes through an anticipated filament of comet dust that is crossing Earth's path. NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office warns of a possible outburst at 0800 UT (01 a.m. PDT) on August 12th. [live meteor counts] [possible outburst] [observing tips] [sky map]

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Alan Dyer,
Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan, Canada
Aug. 12, 2009
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Wednesday night, August 12 was a fabulous night for meteors, with the best display of Perseids for many years it seems. These shots were taken at the annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party in Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, Canada. About 400 stargazers are gathered in the Park for a weekend star party and conference. One shot is looking north toward the Big Dipper (taken with a Canon 5D MkII - 30s exposure), the other is looking south toward Sagittarius (taken with a Canon 20Da - 45 second exposure). Each is one frame, with the brightest meteor in the sequence, of a 260-frame time lapse movie.

John Nordlie,
Taken from the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota (Tofte and Grand Marais).
Aug. 12, 2009
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This was one of the best showers I have seen, compounded by the lack of light pollution up north where the milky way absolutely glows, and looked exactly like my the pictures.

Photo details: Canon 40D and 300D, Canon 10-22mm, 50mm 1.8, 18-55mm.

Antal Igaz and Istvan Tepliczky,
Tata, Hungary
Aug. 11, 2009
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Our team (Antal IGAZ, Csilla TEPLICZKY and István TEPLICZKY) prepared for the observation of the Perseid shower with expectations. We set up our observing site near Tata (+47,57 N, +18,78 E, 120 m) and turned the Watec H902 camera with a Computar 6mm f/0.8 objective toward the UMi-Draco region. During 4 hours MetRec software ( detected 60 meteors of which 52 were Perseids, some examples shown below. Analyzing the data with Radfind our Perseids came from RA: 46.9 D: +57.0.

Roman Piffl,
Marianka, Slovakia, Europe
Aug. 11, 2009
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66 minutes of Perseids. We photographed (Ivan Majchrovic( and me) Perseids 2009 only 66 minutes, because after midnight was sky fully covered by clouds :( But on our cameras we capture many bright meteors, mostly Perseid. Unfortunately, in Europe this year big maximum was not observable... Photo details: Stack of 15 meteors, captured during 66 minutes from 21:21 to 22:27 UT on August 11, 2009 with CCD camera astropix 1.4 and 6 mm Pentax lens, gain 30/30, exposure 1 second each frame.

Babak Tafreshi,
Alborz Mountains, Iran
Aug. 11, 2009
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Despite the moonlight many bright meteors were captured in my digital photographic cameras. I was located in the dry side of Alborz Mountains (the southern desert side) near Firouzkooh, and facing magnificent rock formations. The circumpolar startrail image shows 4 Perseids and a bright point like (very small trail) flash.

more images: from Till Credner of Kaiserstein, Balingen, Southern Germany; from Michael Prokosch of S.H.S.U. Huntsville, Texas; from Roucheux Philippe of Joigny, Bourgogne, FRANCE; from Martin Gembec of Dalesice, Czech Republic