National Perseid Meteor Watch This Weekend

first_imgUnstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Advertisement ASTRONOMY Ireland is asking members of the public all across the 32 counties to watch the best meteor shower of the year “The Perseids” and count how many they see every 15 minutes. This is fun and has great scientific value.“Last year I was seeing 15 to 20 meteors every 15 minutes for several hours which is about 20 times what one would normally expect to see,” said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine. “Many of them were extremely bright, which is what this shower is noted for,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The counts by members of the public are extremely useful to scientists as it allows the strength of the shower to be monitored from year to year. “This is how we know the Perseids always put on the best show of the year in August for many years. So there is great scientific value in simple counts done with nothing more than a clock and normal eyesight. No binoculars or telescopes should be used.” said Mr Moore.In 2018, the Perseids peak on Sunday night August 12th, but rates should be at least half as good on the night before and after Sunday night. “This is very useful, given the Irish weather, when the best night can often be clouded out, but the nights before and after Sunday night i.e. Saturday and Monday nights should still give 10 times more meteors than on a normal night,” said Mr Moore.“All people have to do is count how many ‘shooting stars’ (meteors is the correct term) they see every 15 minutes and send them to Astronomy Ireland’s website www.astronomy.ie that night or the next day. The results of the nationwide survey will be published in Astronomy Ireland magazine which is archived in the National Library of Ireland for all time.” said Mr Moore.Perseid meteors can appear anywhere in the sky but their paths all point back to the constellation of Perseus in the northeast, but you can view any part of the sky, not just the northeast. A sun lounger is great for watching in comfort and avoiding neck pain.If a family group are viewing (a great idea) each person should keep their own count and not include meteors seen by others if they did not see them for themselves.Conditions are ideal this year with no Moon to brighten the sky and drown out the fainter Perseids. Those in rural locations with dark skies will get the best views but even city dwellers will see plenty. You can view all night long or just for one 15 minute interval if you wish. Skies will be dark enough from 10pm to 4am and the later you view usually the more you will see.Perseids are caused by sand grain sized particles that fell off a comet called Swift-Tuttle centuries or millennia ago. Every August the Earth ploughs through the orbit of this comet sweeping up this dust at a closing speed of over 100,000 miles per hour and the tiny particles vaporise instantly from friction with the upper atmosphere. There is no danger in watching them as they burn out 50 to 100 miles above the ground, 10 times higher than a jet aircraft.“This is a ‘celestial fireworks’ display provide free of charge by mother nature. We urge everyone on this island to spend at least an hour or two on Saturday, Sunday and/or Monday nights witnessing this natural spectacle.” said Mr Moore.Full details are online at www.astronomy.ie where you can also submit your counts to be a part of National Perseid Watch 2018. Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TAGSAstronomyLimerick City and CountyMeteor Shower center_img Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleTraffic chaos predicted for MungretNext articleUpdate: Visitor Restrictions at UHL Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print NewsCommunityNational Perseid Meteor Watch This WeekendBy Staff Reporter – August 10, 2018 2164 WhatsApplast_img read more

Studio hosts ‘First Thursday’ picnic

first_img By Jaine Treadwell “Some people bring picnic baskets, some stop at their favorite restaurants and pick up carry-outs while others reserve a table and dine family style,” Metzger said. “Either way, it’s a fun way to dine out with friends. We’ve had large crowds and expect a good turnout for the July event.”Admission is $25 for couples, $12.50 for individuals and $100 for reserved tables of eight.The doors of The Studio open at 5:30 p.m. and the music begins at 6 p.m.First Thursday Night at the Studio is a fundraiser for the Johnson Center for the Arts. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Email the author Gnats, ants and sweltering heat often take the fun out of July picnics.But not the picnics held each First Thursday Night at The Studio in downtown Troy.First Thursday Nights easily adapt to the season –picnics in the spring and summer and tailgating in the fall – and are much anticipated events for the many who attend. The First Thursday Night at the Studio in July will be Thursday night and will feature entertainers Lauryn Oliver, Johnny Barron and Friends and John Jinright.“Each First Thursday Night brings back familiar entertainers and also introduces new ones to the audience,” said Richard Metzger, Johnson Center for the Arts executive director. “These events are designed to offer outstanding local entertainment in a casual atmosphere and at a convenient location in our downtown area. It is the goal of the Johnson Center to provide these community concerts throughout the year as a way of expanding the programs of the Johnson Center.”Fellowship is at the center of each First Thursday Night event as friends and neighbors pack picnics and stock coolers and join the fun of a night downtown. By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip The Studio is located at 301 East Walnut Street in downtown Troy.Reservations are not required. Just bring a picnic and join the fun. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Studio hosts ‘First Thursday’ picnic You Might Like Greve oversees museum with ‘open eyes, listening ears’ Rachael Jordan Greve didn’t take over the directorship of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama with a big stick in her… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2011last_img read more