The Perseids are here!

If, like me, cloud cover prevented any sightings of the annual Perseids meteor shower last night there’s another chance to see them tonight – although the weather’s not looking any more promising at the minute. Astronomy Ireland have their Perseids Watch underway too. But in the worse case scenario you can, as the Guardian notes, follow the Perseids meteor watch on Twitter, organised by the Newbury Astronomical Society and the International Year of Astronomy 2009, where there will be, and have been, links to images of the meteors seen by observers around the world. And one twitterer there hopes to provide an online live-broadcast of the night sky up on a hill (Mam Tor) in Derbyshire [from approx 11pm BST]. Update Clearer skies than expected, but only brightest constellations visible. Still, there are meteors to be seen out there.

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  • The Raven

    Beeb reporting a clear night except for southern counties of Ingerland. Shutter release cable is armed and at the ready!!

  • Pete Baker

    Good luck with that, Raven!

  • MetalThrashingMad

    18 spotted before cloud cover across Co Antrim spoiled the meteor party…

  • Seimi

    I only saw a few up here in West Belfast, but it was worth it 🙂

  • Rory Carr

    When I mentioned to my daughter yesterday that it was a pity about the cloud cover and she asked why and I explained that it would obscure sightings of an expected meteor shower that night she looked sceptical and said, “Yeah. Meteor shower that we conveniently can’t see because of the clouds. That’s handy. Bet they just made it up. There’s no meteor shower. It’s all just a ruse to keep the astrology nuts in work.”

    I don’t for the life of me know how she acquired such a cynical nature but maybe she has a point.