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 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 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 Reporter Print NewsCommunityNational Perseid Meteor Watch This WeekendBy Staff Reporter – August 10, 2018 2164 WhatsApplast_img read more

Fresh Produce Safety

first_imgRecent reports of unsafe levels of contaminants on fruits and vegetables have Americans looking more closely at fresh produce, especially imports.”We used to not have to worry about bacteria on fruits and vegetables,” said Judy Harrison, a University of Georgia Extension Service food safety scientist. “But we know now that we’ve had some outbreaks with unpasteurized juices and ciders.” Food scientists say the United States has the safest and most ample food supply in the world. Yet Americans are constantly looking for ways to make it even safer. “We have calls from people who want to know if they need to wash produce in detergent, bleach or special rinses,” Harrison said. For most people, she said, the answer is no. “You actually can do more harm than good” by using such rinses, she said. Making sure your fresh fruits and vegetables are safe isn’t that complicated a matter, she said. Just wash them thoroughly in clean water. Remove and discard the outer leaves from green, leafy vegetables and wash one or two leaves at a time. “You can peel other fruits and vegetables to eliminate surface bacterial contamination,” Harrison said. “When you peel, however, you lose some of the fiber. So you’re better off to just wash thoroughly using running tap water.” Name recognition also counts in the produce section. “When you’re choosing fruits and vegetables, try to choose those from a name-brand, reputable company,” Harrison said. “They tend to have more strict control measures in place to insure the sanitation and safety of their foods.”last_img read more

Tipp selector says next two games are ‘crucial’

first_imgThis Sunday the Premier County will travel to Brewster Park to take on Fermanagh with a home game against Clare to come the following weekend. There are 2 changes to Peter Creedon’s team for their Round 3 match.Robbie Kiely of Carbery Rangers returns from his one match suspension and takes over at left half back for the injured Donagh Leahy, while Borrisokane’s Philip Austin comes in at wing forward for the injured Brian Fox. And Tipp’s Michael O’Loughlin says it’s vital his side can secure four points against Fermanagh and Clare. O’Loughlin says retaining possesion will be key to Tipp’s approach.Coach Michael McGeehan will take Peter Creedon’s place on the sidelines for this weekends game. Creedon became the first manager to be hit with a touchline ban after his criticism of Meath referee David Coldrick in Tipp’s first round defeat to Armagh. The game at Brewster Park, Enniskillen throws-in at 2 o’clock on Sunday and we’ll have live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Ormond Tiles, Summerhill, Nenagh and Larkins Gala Store, Ballina.last_img read more

DeAndre Jordan is rising star for Clippers, even if he doesn’t agree

first_imgHe is averaging 2.45 blocked shots with a previous high of 2.0.His 10.4 scoring average is also a career-high, and though offense is where he is least lethal statistically, don’t think those monster lob-fed dunks don’t wreak havoc on opponents.Jordan also leads the NBA in field goal percentage at 67.4. He could become only the third player in history to lead the league in rebounding and field goal percentage. Wilt Chamberlain (8 times) and Dwight Howard are the others.Other than that, he hasn’t done a thing.“You talk about so many different awards for so many different people, I think DJ is a guy who should be up for Most Improved, who should be up for Defensive Player of the Year, all that different type of stuff,” teammate Chris Paul said. “He’s gotta get something.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DeAndre Jordan stood just off the court at the Clippers training facility in Playa Vista on Saturday. He was told by a reporter that he’s approaching star status.“Ah, man,” he said, humbly.Consider all of this: The 6-foot-11 center is averaging a league-high 13.8 rebounds even though his best average in five previous seasons was 8.3 in 2011-12. Last season he averaged 7.2.Think about that for a second.center_img What Jordan is getting is respect for the season he’s having.“I think it’s just his presence,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I mean, you just know he’s a winner. And he’s doing all the right things. You can see he’s taking a vocal role on defense and really rallying the guys around him.”It is the defense Jordan is playing that seems to stir this wonderful brew. That’s the way Doc Rivers sees it.“Yeah, yeah, I think that’s where he found himself,” said Rivers, in his first season coaching Jordan and the Clippers. “I think most bigs get confused on who they are. I guarantee you, go to a high school gym now and some coach is trying to teach the guy how to shoot a hook shot like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not realizing the only guy who can shoot a hook shot like Jabbar, is Jabbar. No one has done it again.“And then they realize, ‘Maybe he should be a defensive player.’ And so I think DJ on his own, he’s kind of figured out who he is and how he can be a great player. He’s doing it and he’s chasing it. It’s been great for us. We get the benefit of what he’s found, but it’s just maturity that he’s found himself.”Teammate Jamal Crawford is amazed at Jordan’s defensive prowess.“He’s the Defensive Player of the Year,” Crawford said. “He’s unbelievable. I mean, sometimes we’ll get beat and we’ll look up in the air, and we know he’s there. I mean, it’s not a good thing to have, but I guess it is a good thing to have in that respect. I think his impact on defense has been as good or better than anyone else in the league.”It was only last season that Jordan was criticized by then-Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro for basically not being the dominant player he should be on a consistent basis.Growing up was somewhat responsible.“I guess maturity was part of it,” said Jordan, just 25.But Jordan also heaped kudos upon Rivers for helping him become the shot-blocking, rebounding force that he is.“Doc and the rest of our coaching staff, they’ve instilled a lot of confidence and trust in me to go out there and excel,” Jordan said. “But our defense has put me in the right situation, and I’m just taking advantage of it, that’s all.”You could tell Jordan wanted to get deeper into what Rivers has meant to his metamorphosis, if you will. And he did, even shedding that humbleness for just a few seconds.“Man, I feel like I’ve taken great strides this year,” Jordan said. “Doc, he means the world to me, to be honest. I respect him as a coach, as a man. He just makes you want to run through a brick wall for him. That’s what he puts in everybody.“And it’s not just because the way he talks, it’s how he looks at you in the eyes so you know that it’s something that he really believes in. And everybody has that extra fire because of that.”It’s difficult to measure what Jordan has meant to the Clippers, a team with the third-best record (55-23) in the Western Conference ahead of Wednesday night’s big home game against Oklahoma City.But superstar? Not yet, Jordan said.“We’ll see,” he said. “I mean, we’ve gotta win first.”It seems the Clippers already have.last_img read more