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1 hour ago, biffer said:

That and Arthur C Clarke's novel Rendezvous With Rama...

Was that the one about his weekend activities in Sri Lanka?...

 

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13 hours ago, Toepoke said:

Was that the one about his weekend activities in Sri Lanka?...

 

It's about a mysterious cylindrical object that comes into our solar system on a hyperbolic orbit

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On 8/11/2018 at 8:50 PM, Orraloon said:

I'm no moving down south just to see some shooting stars.:lol:

4 tonight. Beginning to think that this goes on all the time in places with clear skies.

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9 hours ago, Eisegerwind said:

4 tonight. Beginning to think that this goes on all the time in places with clear skies.

It does. You can see shooting stars every night of the year if you have enough patience and happen to be looking at the right place at the right time. For the few days around the Perseids, and other meteor showers at different times of the year, the activity is just much greater. 

 

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13 hours ago, Orraloon said:

It does. You can see shooting stars every night of the year if you have enough patience and happen to be looking at the right place at the right time. For the few days around the Perseids, and other meteor showers at different times of the year, the activity is just much greater. 

 

Yeah, I guess I really knew that already, was just surprised I saw so many in a short period after the Perseid peak. Alcohol has been taken throughout these observatons.

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16 hours ago, Eisegerwind said:

Yeah, I guess I really knew that already, was just surprised I saw so many in a short period after the Perseid peak. Alcohol has been taken throughout these observatons.

Aye, your measly 4 shooting stars, suggests a bit too much alcohol and not enough observation. At peak Perseid you could get 50 to 100 per hour. It can be a lot higher in the really good years.

 

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So,will we start an astronomy thread or tack it on here? Looking 'oot the back' I can see the 'plough' to my left. Which way am I pointing and what else should I be able to see of interest? I really think this is the hobby I've been looking for all my life. Basically doing nothing staring into space, competing against doing nothing staring out to sea, but that requires holibags.

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