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Perseid Meteor Shower Weekend, Darling Hill Schedule For 10th, 11th + 12th, And Weather Updates

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

This weekend marks the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, produced as the Earth passes through minute particles left by Comet Swift–Tuttle. The highest counts are predicted for the night of August 11th, although those in clear conditions may already be observing an increase in shooting stars from the North-East between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

While Darling Hill Observatory is one of the darkest places in CNY for observing the Meteor Shower, any clear, dark conditions will do, so we encourage you to find yourself outside wherever you are at some point this weekend!

Unfortunately, the CNY forecasts for most of this weekend are a bit less than promising, with Sunday the 12th being the best evening (so far) for observing. Our plan is to have Darling Hill open for at least one night this weekend for those interested in attending (and all three nights if the skies are clear). We’ll be posting here by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th, 11th, and 12th with opening announcements.

If attending, consider bringing whatever it is you prefer to place between yourselves and the ground. The best views are straight up, meaning your best orientation is horizontal (and oriented with your feet to the North-East).

Darling Hill Observatory Will NOT OPEN Tonight (Friday, 23 March) For The Messier Marathon

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

An excellent week of CNY weather has taken a significant turn for the overcast tonight and, very likely, tomorrow night. Our Messier Marathon is, therefore, cancelled for tonight, but a similar run can be performed for the vast majority of the Messier objects during our next few meetings. Check in tomorrow around 5:00 p.m. for the official word on Saturday. In the meantime, consider doing a little observing in the hi-res version of the ESO image below (click for the large version), a sliver of the sky with 200,000 galaxies (more information can be found at the Bad Astronomy post HERE).