Q1: What's so special about his particular meteor shower?
Moon sets very early during this period. A moonless night is darker and allows more meteors to be seen. Especially the dimmer ones. Perseid Meteor Shower statistically has the highest chance of seeing fireballs - very bright meteors that can be even brighter than Jupiter or Venus! And it is happening on a super long weekend when people can stay up late overnight!
Q2: When is the best time to observe it?
During the predicted peak period on early Tuesday morning from 00:15am till 00:45am. BUT you do not have to wait until then. Meteors can be seen a few days before and after the peak period at a slightly lower rate per hour. And due to unpredictable skies, it may not be clear on the actual peak night! So start hunting every night from now whenever the sky is clear enough.
Q3: Where to look for meteors in the sky?
Take in as big patch of the open sky as possible with your eyes to increase your chances of catching them. Try to lie down on a comfortable mat or reclining chair and look straight up into the sky. Else, try to look towards the North East portion of the sky. The meteors will apparently seems to radiate from the constellation Perseus (thus the name of the meteor Perseids)
Q4: Where to observe in Singapore?
Dark areas away from most city lights with big patch of unobstructed sky overhead. For example, near the beach, parks or high up in the roof-top sky gardens in tall buildings. For example:
- Changi Beach
- Punggol Park
- Lower Peirce Reservoir Park
- Marina Barrage
Do take note of personal safety. Observe with at least a family member or friend if you are going to a dark area. Do wear long protective clothing and deploy insect-repelling measures if you are observing in mosquito-prone areas.
Q5: How frequent will Persied meteors appear in the sky?
On *average* about 1 meteor per minute. Since this is just an average, it is possible not to see any for a few minutes and then a few meteors within a minute! So be patient and keep looking up!
Q6: How meteors look like?
Watch this excellent compilation video by Mr Y. K. Chia captured right here in the heartland of Singapore!
Weather permitting, from tonight 7 Aug till 11 Aug, my friends and I will bringing our telescopes and cameras to do stargazing as well as hunting/photographing meteors at Bishan Park. Either at the big lawn directly opposite McDonald's or at open grounds just outside McDonald's or both. If you happen to go to this park, feel free to drop by and say hello and observe through our telescopes at stars and planets (Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars)!
The hashtag for this event is #MeteorSG. Feel free to tweet your meteor hunting experience in Singapore with this hashtag so we all can share your excitement!
Due to time contraint (leaving for Bishan Park soon!), I do not have time to add more graphics and info about this event. In the next few days, I will try to update this blog. So do check it regularly! You may also search for "Perseid Meteor Shower" online (google/youtube/twitter) for more info.
Wishing all of you clear skies and good luck spotting big big fireballs!
Last edited by astrosg; 7th August 2013 at 06:12 PM.
Meteor shower peak is tonight from about midnight till sunrise tomorrow morning. Charge your camera batteries and get ready for meteor hunting!
To increase your chances, find where is the constellation Perseus (e.g. using "sky map" or "planets" app on android/iphone). Point your cameras ABOVE this constellation towards the zenith, not directly at Perseus.
Use your widest lens. Fish-eye better still. If you can afford multiple setups, point one at North East with some interesting background objects, the other higher up in the sky towards zenith.
At places prone to dew, do use heat packs around your lens to delay dewing on your lens.
Good luck hunting!
Last edited by astrosg; 12th August 2013 at 03:57 PM.
I saw nothing coz not looking up most of the time. Happily busy with interacting with the crowd there and spreading some astro awareness and explaining stuff they see through the telescope, binocular and in the sky.
Another group nearby lying down and looking up saw about 6!