Apparently tonight from 11pm onwards should bring us our best opportunity to see the Perseid Meteor Shower, weather permitting. Apparently it’s something to do with the earth passing through a debris cloud from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which happens every year. And thankfully it does seem from the forecast for later on that weather in our part of the world does indeed permit. Hooray!
However, it has also been suggested that to have the best chance of experiencing the meteor shower, you should find a vantage point out on a wide open space as far away from buildings and trees as possible. Oh, and with not too much light. Bummer – we live in London, surrounded by buildings and/ or trees and where the light pollution is undeniably atrocious. And to cap it all, the moon is pretty bright just now – a 75% waning gibbous, to be exact.
Still, my husband and I have decided provisionally to venture out later tonight onto Wanstead Flats near to where we live, which is the nearest thing to a wide open space we have, and take pot-luck on the light pollution situation. We may see something exciting, or we may see nothing much at all. The odds do seem to be stacked against us, but we can always plan a nice romantic walk together and just see what happens…
Although of course it cannot be denied that the biggest potential barrier of all to us seeing any meteor shower may be less to do with prevailing conditions outside, and more to do with particular conditions inside our flat, namely the level of comfort afforded by our sofa at that time of night. So at the moment, at 6pm, I’d say there’s probably a fifty-fifty chance of me actually getting off my ass and out into the night to view any potential meteor shower.
But how I might be feeling by 11pm, and whether or not we actually make it out of doors as planned, is anybody’s guess… 🙂