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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Aug 12, 2008 6:07:40 GMT -6
Perseid's from urban Chicago - 2008
Predictions for sky conditions in Chicago was for mostly clear skies this early morning for the Perseid's. I got up late...at 3:00 am - and headed out to a "darkened" secluded area to set up the camera and attempt to catch a few.
The morning was crisp and the skies were not clear, but rather a mix of high cirrus clouds and intermingling with lower puffy ones.
Laying on top of the hood of the Chevelle, I took watch listening to tunes and chomping on a hotdog and cold coke.
It wasn't long before I saw my first one..a rather cool blue one traveling from the northwest to the south east and rather fast. About five minutes later, a golden yellow one went due east and slower.
All in all, I observed about a dozen meteors and managed to capture only one...and not a very good shot at that...
A dimmer one, it was just by chance I captured it.
I also saw a nice bright satellite traveling from the southeast to west, but by I failed to capture it. But here is just an aircraft coming from the east...
It wasn't a great show, an average one...perhaps I missed a few good ones, and even with the glare from the city, I was still offered an offering.
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