Massive Perseid meteor shower thrills stargazers

Stargazers were given a treat on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday as the Perseid meteor shower dazzled the sky.
Massive Perseid meteor shower thrills stargazers
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Stargazers were given a treat on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday as the Perseid meteor shower dazzled the sky. Meteors are small fragments of interplanetary debris and dust that enter the Earth’s atmosphere at such a high speed that they usually burn up, producing the shooting stream of light. The Perseid meteor shower, one of the best-known of the meteor showers, is active from mid July until 24 August but its peak was expected to be this weekend, particularly Saturday night and in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday. One of those who stayed up was Twitter user John-GM7PBB who lives on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. He told Sky News that he had set his camera up at about 11pm on Saturday and was rewarded with two beautiful images of a meteor above the horizon. His window of opportunity was short, however, as just a few hours later he said the stars had been “clouded out”. Twitter astronomer @VirtualAstro said that reports of meteor viewings had come thick and fast as soon as the clouds had cleared after dark. He told Sky News: “This is very rare as there is usually a build up, but the shower started with a bang. “You could feel the excitement build as many people from across the UK started to see bright meteors and fireballs early on in the evening.” Image:One of the meteors seen over the Isle of Lewis. Pic: @John-GM7PBB Even in London, which usually loses out due to high levels of light pollution, there was still a good number of meteors to be seen. VirtualAstro said that, within a few hours of darkness, thousands of people from across the British Isles were watching the meteor shower, with many seeing “several incredibly bright meteors per hour, along with tens of smaller fainter meteors”. “Usually in the UK we are either clouded out or suffer the ill effects of the Moon on meteor showers, and they usually end in disappointment,” he said. “The Perseids in 2017 have been the opposite: performing as soon as it got dark and giving many their first glimpse of a meteor with ease. “People were so pleased and excited, the mentions in my Twitter feed became unreadable due to the sheer volume of tweets coming in from very happy stargazers.” Image:A meteor streaks past stars above the Jill Windmill in Brighton Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: “The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular. “Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly. “You could see none at all for a few minutes and then two or three. “You might be lucky or unlucky; that’s the way with meteors.” If you missed out on the meteor-spotting fun, there is still a chance over the next few nights, or there is the next noteworthy meteor shower in December – the Geminid Meteor Shower. In the US, the meteor shower is being seen as an opening act for the first solar eclipse to cross that country in 99 years, which is expected on 21 August. Source link Massive Perseid meteor shower thrills stargazers was originally published on News London
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In 2000, the UK selected the MBDA Meteor as the long range air-to-air missile armament for her Typhoons with an in-service date (ISD) of December 2011. In December 2002, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden joined the British in a $1.9bn contract for Meteor on Typhoon, the Dassault Rafale and the Saab Gripen. The protracted contract negotiations pushed the ISD to August 2012, and it was further put back by Eurofighter's failure to make trials aircraft available to the Meteor partners. Meteor is now in production and first deliveries to the RAF were scheduled for Q4 2012 but full clearance on Typhoon was not planned until mid-2016. While the Meteor may have been delivered, it will not enter service before 2017. In 2014 the "second element of the Phase 1 Enhancements package known as 'P1Eb'" was announced, allowing "Typhoon to realise both its air-to-air and air-to-ground capability to full effect".
Massive Perseid meteor shower thrills stargazers
Stargazers were given a treat on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday as the Perseid meteor shower dazzled the sky.
We were finishing, and Corder had just said "We need a shower to clean this dirty turf," when the shower came. The captain ordered us into our packs and ponchos, and then into the trench. Though the shower was short the wind was increasingly cold, and I was glad of the protection of my poncho. For in that trench we remained for an hour and three quarters, before anything really happened.
As far as was possible I followed the route I thought the meteor had taken. L'Encuerado was just making his way into the forest when Sumichrast noticed a broken tree, a little to the right. I leaped up on the slope, and soon remarked that the ground, for a space of at least twenty yards, was strewn with black or green stones, which had been in a fused state, and evidently bore the appearance of iron _scoriæ_. There could be no doubt about it; the tree which had been struck had caused the explosion of the meteor, and had broken under the shock.