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The sky at night (meteors, Iridium flares, the moon)


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Delta Aquarid meteor shower:


"It’s that time again … time for the wonderful meteor showers that come each year in late July and early August. That is when two showers converge to give us what we in the N. Hemisphere consider, in most years, our best meteor displays. The Perseids are best for the N. Hemisphere, and the Delta Aquarids are best for the S. Hemisphere, so there’s something for everyone. Remember, you’ll catch more meteors after midnight than before. The predawn hours are ideal.The shower is officially active from about July 12 to August 23 "

Delta Aquarids are... a long, rambling shower that’ll stretch out for weeks beyond the peak – does have a nominal peak and that is predicted for the hours before dawn on Tuesday, July 29"



Perseid Meteor shower:
"probably peak on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. On a dark, moonless night, you can often see 50 or more meteors per hour"




Most “super” supermoon of 2014 on August 10

"Full moon falls on August 10, 2014 at 18:09 UTC. This full moon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2014."



{Higher than normal tides?}

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South Taurid meteor shower


"This year, in 2014, the peak of the South Taurid meteor shower is expected to fall in the next few days, within a day or so of the November 2014 full moon. Talking about bad timing! But if you’re game, give this meteor shower a try between midnight and dawn on November 5 and 6."




{It was Peter Schloss from Aberdeen Met Office reading the weather on Shetland radio tonight, and he always gives us cr*p weather, so likely be too cloudy / wet / windy to see any meteors :(

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"Tonight and tomorrow night – Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13 – are the peak nights of 2014’s Geminid meteor shower. How fortunate that the Geminids will peak over weekend this year, as the best viewing hours are typically in the wee hours after midnight."





Hopefully we'll see more than one or 2 this time...

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