From Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th of August 2010 there will be a Twitter Meteorwatch for the Perseid Meteor Shower, organised by the Virtual Astronomer @VirtualAstro with the British Astronomical Association @britastro and Beyond International Year of Astronomy. Everyone is welcome to join in, whether they are an astronomer or just have a slight interest in the night sky.
(Note: Our Observatory Barbeque on the 14th August will be a great opportunity to take part in Meteorwatch! We will be tweeting our activities @northessexastro)
As well as looking up, enjoying the night sky and seeing meteors, you will have the opportunity to make scientific contributions, by tweeting and seeing your results on a real-time observation map, or by submitting Observing Forms to the BAA if you are a more serious observer.
This event follows on from the popular Meteorwatch event helf last year in August and December.
The highlight of the summer meteor showers, the Perseids reach their maximum around the 12th of August and may put on a display of approximately 80 to 100 meteors per hour under ideal viewing conditions. Conditions this year are good due to there being no moon visible. Let’s hope the skies stay clear.
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, can be found on the Meteorwatch website.
While you are looking for meteors, there will be other objects to look out for such as the planet Jupiter, the Milky Way, the Summer Triangle, manmade Satellites and more.
The Twitter Meteorwatch will start at 21.30 BST on the 11th of August and will continue through to the evening of the 14th of August. Use the hash tag: #Meteorwatch on Twitter and get involved, ask questions, do some science, follow the event and enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Images and other information will be tweeted live as it happens.