posted on Jun, 9 2011 @ 11:45 PM
Originally posted by Chukkles
reply to post by youallcrazy
Glad to have seen one, I will most likely never see it again in England.
The weather can be a pain, but if you want to, you can see meteors on any clear night here in England. Of course it helps if you can get away from man
made light pollution, as you'll see meteors you'd otherwise miss. It also helps if you combine that with the peak nights of
the major meteor showers
. I'd recommend the Perseids (August), Geminids (December), and this
year you are in the right place to observe a rare Draconid
the like of which has not been seen for a decade, when the Leonids were in "storm mode".
It's possible to see many bright meteors during the peak of a major meteor shower even here in England, as I found out when most were tucked up in
bed on a November night back in 1998, a few hours before the expected
Leonid meteor shower peak that year
(before the boffins got good
at predicting meteor shower outbursts). That year I spent the whole night watching Leonids streak across the sky, mostly bright fireballs, and some
bright enough to light up the roof tops like it was almost daylight.
Ever since then I've been observing meteor showers from here in England, and sometimes the weather gets the better of me, but if you keep trying, you
get rewarded... the trick is to be patient and wait for the inevitable....100s of tones of extraterrestrial material "burn up" (or "ablate") in
our atmosphere every day.
should answer any questions you may have on the subject. The answers to many
other questions can be found here on ATS if you search my previous posts.