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Monday, August 13, 2012

Watching for Perseids...... and early morning planets

Was awake at 4am last night to watch the Perseid meteor shower. Backed out of my grand plan of staying up all night in favour of getting some sleep for the first half of the night. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the sky was too cloudy and bright. In the end I only saw two bright meteors, one about 4:45am, the other around 5:30am.

Our other meteor shower events in previous years didn't yield much results either. Of course, Singapore, like most cities, isn't a great place for watching meteor showers but it was worth a try. Every meteor shower I've watched here has turned out cloudy for most of the night. In fact the last meteor showers I watched whilst studying in the UK, also turned out cloudy, although I did see more meteors overall.

Anyway, as the clouds began to clear, towards dawn, I hung around to gaze upon the rather nice sight of the Crescent Moon, in-between Juipter (above) and Venus (below) together with several constellations like Taurus and Orion: 

The "M-shaped" constellation, Cassiopeia , faintly visible through clouds.

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