Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Perseid success

As I mentioned yesterday, this morning was the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. I saw 68 meteors -- nowhere near last year's mark of 136, but my viewing window was more like 2 hours, instead of 4 1/2. So my meteor-per-hour rate was actually higher.

Moreover, unlike last year, I'm fairly certain I got one good photo of a meteor (though I haven't had time to review my pics in detail yet). Stay tuned for that.

I also saw an unidentified satellite flying through Pegasus at 5:15 AM. It's not on Heavens-Above's list, so... a secret military satellite, perhaps?

Last but not least, I saw -- and photographed -- one Iridium flare, a whole bunch of stars (duh), several airplanes, and a beautiful sunrise over the Smokies. I'll post the best photos later today.

In the mean time, here are some other people's photos of Perseids, via SpaceWeather. See also this Flickr search.