Keep updated on this event either or on our Twitter (@northessexastro). The information below was originally posted on the NewburyAS blog.
Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th of August 2009
Newbury Astronomical Society along with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 UK and various amateur astronomers and societies, will be holding a Twitter Meteorwatch on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th of August 2009.
Everyone is welcome to join in, whether they are an astronomer or just have an interest in the night sky.
This event follows on from the popular Twitter Moonwatch held in May 2009.
Use the Twitter hash tag: #Meteorwatch and get involved, ask questions, follow the event and enjoy the night sky with us. Images and other information will be tweeted as it happens. Live!
The highlight of the summer meteor showers : The Perseids, reach maximum around the 11th and 12th of August and may put on a display of approximately 80 to 100 meteors per hour under ideal conditions. Conditions this year aren’t ideal but meteors every few minutes are still quite possible. Perseid meteors are often bright with persistent trails which can linger for a while after the meteor has burned up. Further information on the Perseid meteor shower and how to view it, will be posted closer to the time and during the Meteorwatch.
Other main objects of interest on both evenings will be the planet Jupiter and the Moon. The planets Mars and Venus will also be visible if you stay up to the small hours.
The Twitter Meteorwatch will start at 21.30 BST on the 11th of August and will continue through to the evening of the 12th of August. Amateur and professional astronomers from the US and other countries are invited to join in and take over from the UK, when the sun comes up here, helping make the event run for over 24 hours and be truly international. The event will close in the UK, in the early hours of the 13th of August 2009