reply to post by unknownfrost
Thank you unknownfrost,
I think you are in for a treat if this is your first shower
We also have 5 other annual showers that are considered to be producing major activity at various times of the year in these times, not to mention
many less well know showers all capable of producing surprise outbursts.
Have a look at the lineup here:
Meteor shower calender
Another meteor shower calender
You might also like to look at this guide which I made that has lots of info about the various types of behavior you can expect to see from
Seen a swift/very swift moving light (colored or white) in the sky?
We have also been having a spate of fairly widely publicized fireballs recently, like
one for example, so keep your eyes on the sky and you may catch a 'once in a
I should point out that this is all normal, it's just many people do not realize how many meteoroids and even small asteroids are bombarding us all
the time. They are not hard to see if you know when and how
One word of advice (and this goes for all the meteor shower virgins reading this also) - try not to expect too much on your first try, then even if it
turns out not to be the best shower, you won't be too disappointed.
Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to see a good shower - be patient and be prepared to spend a good few hours observing if you want to stand the
best chance of seeing a return on your investment of time and effort.
Here are some more tips for the first-timers like yourself:
Try to get somewhere away from artificial lights as this will enable you to see more meteors.
Altitude will help too, but you'll also be more
exposed. A spot where you have a 360 degree view of the sky that is free from any obstructions on the horizon is also a good thing if you can find
somewhere like that.
Remember to try and keep the moon out of your eyes. Ideally, a long pole/stand/tripod with something attached to the top that you can keep between
your eyes and the moon - its more flexible and blocks less sky area than relying on natural obstructions like trees and buildings usually. A pitch
fork driven into the ground with a paper plate tapped to the handle would work well. Use your imagination
Perhaps the most important thing is something to lay on, and preferably something that keeps you flat
and off the ground ideally (think
sun-lounger/inflatable sun bed/foam ground sheets in that order of preference).
If you can do any or all of the above, that will help you to see the most meteors you can and be as comfortable as possible.
Originally posted by questioningall
reply to post by C.H.U.D.
Thank you, I will be sure to watch them, as long as it is not tooo cold outside.
Thanks for the info.
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You're welcome questioningall,
You shouldn't get cold if you follow my advice above.
Layer up - shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, thermal underwear. Double up on socks/pants. Wear a hat or two ,or use a hood/ski mask/balaclava.
Gloves or mittens are a good idea if you have some. You can always take something off later if you have put too much on.
Save the last layer or two till just before you get in your sleeping bag - you don't want to get sweaty and then cold.
Originally posted by theknuckler
so, if the sky is clear we should be able to see this in Canada?! Great! Hoping the snow stays away a little bit longer.
Yes! In fact, there is a well known (in meteor observing circles anyway) long time observer who observes from Ottawa, so you are in good company (as
well as a good place)
He has constructed a large box with a clear glass window to observe the sky through which helps keep him warm at the colder times of year. I think
you'll certainly have pay more attention to keeping warm than most of us here. I'd consider setting up a tent if you have one, and only having your
head outside (entrance facing north should give you the best view providing the horizon is quite clear).
Buy some of the flexible/reusable chemical hand warmers (as suggested above by unknownfrost) and use those perhaps.
At least it's usually very clear when it gets cold, so you should have a great view if you can cope with the cold somehow.