posted on Oct, 31 2012 @ 01:36 AM
Originally posted by iforget
You wouldn't have to go very far for some dark skies, try it around the peak of a meteor shower, with a clear sky and you will see a fireball. Any
clear night with some patience and maybe a pair of binoculars you are sure to find something fascinating to see.
I wouldn't say you're guaranteed a fireball on a night around the peak of a meteor shower, but in the case or well known/relatively strong meteor
showers like the Perseids or the Geminids you stand a good chance of seeing them if you spend some time observing and use good technique.
Good technique means an observing site with little obstruction of views to the horizon, and laying flat on your back so that you are facing more or
less straight up. A sleeping bag (or two if it's cold enough to snow) is highly recommended along with something along the lines of a camp-bed.
Binocs may be useful, but looking through them restricts you field of view, meaning you miss meteors, so keep them to hand, but use them only if you
see something you want to get a closer look at.
Keep in mind that the kind of fireball associated with meteor showers has quite different characteristics compared to the type of fireball that causes
booms/drops meteorites in most cases. However they can still be very impressive.
Also, although a fireball class meteor can easily be seen from light polluted skies, you will have a much more enjoyable observing session if you find
somewhere remote and away from lights. In non light polluted skies dim meteors seem brighter and more impressive, and you will see more, since most
meteors are faint, so you have less time to wait in between seeing any action.
Finally, if you want to see meteors or fireballs, patience and persistence always pay off eventually in my experience.