One, the old-fashioned way: Find a dark place with starry skies and count the meteors streaking overhead. Two, the new way: Find a dark place with starry skies and then completely ignore the meteors. Instead, watch the Moon. That's where the explosions are. On August 9th, a pair of amateur astronomers on opposite sides of the United States did it the new way.
Observing Meteor Showers | SpringerLink
In part 2, John looks backwards at how the moon was depicted in art, comparing pre-telescopic views, to more recent detailed ones and finally how it is portrayed in the photographic age. Starting time is at pm. There will be a draw for door prizes at the meeting and a free door prize ticket to all who arrive before the start time! Please drop off any items at the drop-box located near the entrance of the auditorium. Members have access to our star nights at the Binbrook Conservation Area, our telescope loaner program, social events such as our Cosmology Discussion Group, and more! Join us this Friday August 9th for our annual Perseids event at Binbrook Conservation Area which is also our biggest outreach event of the year. This event is open to everyone so an HAA membership is not required.
Celestial Objects You Have to Observe
Take a tour of the night sky from near-earth objects to distant Messier objects. Find facts, tips, and techniques for observing asteroids — learn where to spot Ceres and Vesta, two of the largest asteroids, or find out how to join in larger asteroid-search campaigns and share in the excitement of finding these roving space rocks. Learn when and where to spot the northern or southern lights. Get photography tips and go behind the scenes with these celestial objects — find out how the Sun's particles rain down on our atmosphere to form these waving curtains of color.
Observation of meteors throws light on our understanding of the motion of the celestial bodies in our Solar System, physical properties of the Earth's upper atmosphere and the spatial distribution of meteoroids which helps choosing safe and proper trajectories for launch vehicles such as artificial satellites. Fortunately, observation of meteors is relatively easy. Even without the aid of telescopes, amateur astronomers can still collect data with significant scientific value. Results of observations may be recorded in a standard form and sent to the Hong Kong Astronomical Society.