Posted by BC on August 15th, 2009
The 2009 Perseid Meteor Shower was unusual with its double peak. Observers all around the world reported seeing hundreds of meteors on the nights of Aug 11/12 and 12/13. During the second peak, more meteors were reported. The increase in activity was a pleasant surprise to those who were somewhat disappointed with the first peak.
Three of us observers used my backyard for a dark site from where to watch on both nights. The first night showed some really nice meteors, faint and bright. Moonrise was around 11:00, so the dark night was washed out by around 1:00 a.m. On the second night we tried again, and were very happy that we did.
The second night had better observing weather for us, and moonrise was later. The meteor shower gave us many more bright meteors, and we watched until near sunrise. This night was great! I wanted to catch a few of the bright meteor images on film, so I set up the camera with a fisheye lens. The meteors would have to be very brint to even show up, using this setup, so I was very happy when I saw two photos with meteors on them.
Now that the double peak has wound down, and the weather is once again chainging, I can rest up for the next great show. How about sending some of your reports for me to read?