Too bad the clouds moved in! I had clear skies until about 11 p.m. and saw some great Perseid meteors from 10:15 until that time. It’s never easy to capture meteors with a camera, but I had a gut feeling I’d get one on my first exposure — and it happened! The meteor glowed orange and about magnitude 0 during its flight. 15 minutes later, a short, brilliant Perseid flared very close to the radiant and just inside the edge of the camera frame. Phew – got lucky again. I saw eight meteors before the clouds got thick watching from reclining chair in my driveway.
I hope you’re looking at the shower right now or plan to whether on your back in the grass, on a beach, floating in a boat or propped up against a mountainside. One thing that really caught my eye during the shower were all the satellites. I spotted at least a dozen rocket stages and other satellites including an unidentified bright “flasher,” a tumbling piece of satellite debris that produced bright single flashes and fainter double flashes. If you’d like to learn how to see and identify some of the many satellites that crisscross the sky, check out my recent article, Honey, Let’s Start Seeing Other Satellites on Sky & Telescope.
If you were rained out, be sure to try again to see the Perseid shower tonight (Sunday, Aug. 13). It will still be kicking out meteors, just not as many.