(meteorobs) Somewhat disappointing PERs from north Florida this morning

GLDSKTR at aol.com GLDSKTR at aol.com
Thu Aug 11 11:31:20 EDT 2011

That's probably it. When you're watching meteors, minutes seem like  days!
In a message dated 8/11/2011 11:23:52 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
wwgj180 at yahoo.com writes:

IMO shows a peak ZHR last  year of 90, and the year before of 180.
I saw 6 during 40 minutes  early this morning in somewhat hazy, 
cloud-obstructed conditions (posted to  IMO).
Maybe the shower is  quieting down, but Anthony you must have been very 
unluck if you went even an  hour seeing no Perseids on recent peak nights.  Or 
do you mean the 5 or  10 minute intervals that seem like hours when you are 
watching on peak  night? ;)


From: "GLDSKTR at aol.com"  <GLDSKTR at aol.com>
To:  meteorobs at meteorobs.org
Sent:  Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: (meteorobs) Somewhat  disappointing PERs from north Florida 
this morning

I agree, Paul. I rememeber Late 80's and early 90's Perseids being much  
higher rated than the last few years or so. Recent showers have been almost  
"disappointing," sometimes showing no meteors during long hours  of  
observing on peak night. 
Maybe it's just us, or it's possible that some of our 'meteor model  
mavens' on here have seen a shift in the streams over the years?
In a message dated 8/11/2011 8:09:44 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
jonesp0854 at gmail.com writes:

Greetings again all,
    Although my skies were a bit hazy, muddy, murky,  fuzzy, foggy around 
the edges, I managed an hour of pre-dawn PER watching  this morning (Aug. 
10/11) from my driveway.  I got only 19 PERs all  told, plus a spattering of 
other assorted non-Perseids from 4:30 to 5:30  EDT.  Only a lone +1 PER was 
the closest thing to a bright one I  saw.  Most of them were rather faint 
indeed and I may have lost a few  to the sky conditions, but anything bright or 
near bright would have shown  up.  And the skies were good enough to record 
data.  Full data to  follow seperately.
   I don't know, maybe it's me, but these recent PER  displays pale in 
comparison to the ones we had back in the late seventies  and eighties.  Seemed 
like 90 to 100 per hour or more was routine back  then in any dark moon 
year.  60 per hour was more common on the night  before maximum!  I recall 
specifically in 1977, we were seeing 60/hour  before midnight on max night.  By 
dawn that morning, we were getting 3  to 4 PERs a MINUTE!  Nothing like that 
going on anymore!!  What  has happened to the PERS??
  Hopefully, they will pick up from here and good luck to all who  watch.  
I'll give it another  go in the morning but I don't expect  a whole lot what 
with the full moon and all.  Maybe we'll get  lucky...
Clear skies,  Paul

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