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Just wanted to say hi. Keep seeing your group around and forget to sign up here! I was checking in to see where the best spot in Chicago is for viewing the Perseid meteor showers this evening. Keep your chin up (to the night skies) everyone!
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Aug 11, 2012 8:48:12 GMT -6
Welcome to the Chicago Astronomer and hope you enjoy the astro banter.
Anywhere you can find some shade and a wide sky will be good.
It's a misconception that the meteor shower is not visible from Chicago. The brighter meteor streaks are easily and often observed right from the bright lakefront area. (The Chicago Astronomers enjoyed over 50 meteor streaks during our Perseid Shower party.)
The radiant of the Perseids will be from the NorthEast, but the meteor streaks can appear anywhere in the sky and better after midnight...but start looking for early ones when it starts to get dark.
Tonight, Saturday 11 Aug, will be the best of the two day weekend, so grab a comfy recliner, find a dark quiet spot in the city and enjoy bits of space grains ionizing and putting on a nice show.
Chicago Astronomer Joe Founder, Administrator and Chief Astronomer
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Post by Paulie pchris00 on Aug 11, 2012 9:17:27 GMT -6
Hi, and welcome. I don't know of any members viewing the Perseids in the city tonight- we seem to be heading out to darker locations- but Montrose Beach is going to be open until midnight this weekend. Near the Lake is the best place to view the meteor shower from Chicago. You'll have a darker sky over the Lake, and most of the meteors will originate from the east. Two years ago, a small group of us gathered near the Lake for the Perseids, and counted something like 54 meteors from midnight until dawn. Not too bad for any location, and a fun night just hanging out. Good luck on catching a few. Now if I expect to see any meteors- or anything else tonight- I need to go to bed right now.