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The Perseids: July-August 2009
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Summary: Forecasters expect the 2009 Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 11th and 12th. Moonlight will interfere with the display, but not ruin it. Sky watchers in dark country locations could see more than 100 meteors per hour, and perhaps as many as 200 if Earth passes through an anticipated filament of comet dust that is crossing Earth's path. NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office warns of a possible outburst at 0800 UT (01 a.m. PDT) on August 12th. [live meteor counts] [possible outburst] [observing tips] [sky map]

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Chris Peterson,
Guffey, Colorado, USA
Aug. 12, 2009
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This is a composite image made from a video allsky camera. It records 96 Perseid meteors on the peak evening of August 12. All non-Perseids have been removed from the image. The Moon has also been removed. The plotted data shows the frequency of events, and clearly records the predicted UT 08:00 outburst of activity.

Tom King,
Backyard observatory - Watauga, Texas, USA
Aug. 12, 2009
#1, more

A composite photograph shows a flurry of 18 Perseid meteors captured in the morning hours during the peak period of this years Perdeids meteor shower. A total of 18 meteors were captured from 06:01:19 to 10:55:00 UT. Although competition from the Moon and a high level of light pollution limit the number of visible meteors, the composite image is still a remarkable reminder of the wonders that exist in the skies above! Photo details: 17 images composited on a frame captured at 04:07:28 local time. PC164C video camera, Swann 4mm f/1.2 lens, UFO Capture automated PC capture software. Composite image created in Adobe Photoshop CS.

Patrick Bornet,
Saint Martin sur Nohain, Nièvre, France
Aug. 12, 2009
#1, #2, more

Pleiades are in the right behind the clouds.

Photo details: Canon 350D, 800iso, 60s

Brian Emfinger,
Ozark, Arkansas
Aug. 12, 2009
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I caught 20 meteors with my camera and saw many many more. I saw one fireball between 9 and 10pm but nearly all of the meteors I caught were between 2 & 4 AM CT so the forecast of the 1610 meteor streaming impacting around that time seemed to verify.

Photo details: Canon Digital Rebel XT, ISO 1600, F3.5, 20 sec exps

Antonio Finazzi,
Monte Avaro, Cusio (BG)- Italy
Aug. 12, 2009

Photo details: Nikon D3X, 15mm Nikkor, f/4, ISO 1600, Exposure 30 sec

Juraj Toth,
Modra, Slovakia
Aug. 11, 2009

Perseid meteor/fireball of night August 11/12 from Astronomical and Geophysical Observatory Comenius University located in Modra, Slovakia. All-sky composite image of video meteor system. Observer L. Kornos.

more images: from Jim Saueressig II of Burlington, Kansas; from Joe Westerberg of Joshua Tree National Park, California; from Marc Kossa of Vaulnaveys le Bas, France; from Heidi Evans of Barry's Bay, Ontario, Canada; from Jerry Zhu of Madison, Wisconsin;