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2014 Perseids

Moonlight and cloud posed challenges for observers of the 2014 Perseid maximum.

Maximum was predicted to occur only around 54 hours after a near-perigee Full Moon and with the Moon in the sky all night. In order to minimise the impact of the moonlight, observers would need to observe with their backs to the Moon - which effectively meant observing the northern sky, rather than the more "traditional" Pegasus area.

An added issue was that a weather front was moving south across the UK during maximum night  and only observers in southern England would have any chance of clear skies.

Results for maximum night (Aug 12-13) have been received from Richard Fleet, David Scanlan, Martin Scanlan and Steven Coe. David, Martin and Steven observed between 2130 and 0030UT and recorded 70 Perseids and 9 sporadics (LM 5.0). Richard operated his video cameras a part of the UKMON network and imaged many Perseids.

Meteor watches on the nights leading up to Perseid maximum were carried out by David Scanlan, Graham Winstanley and Tony Markham. Tony recorded 6 Perseids and 6 sporadics (LM 5.4) between 2355 and 0110UT during the night of Aug 4-5 and recorded 10 Perseids and 4 sporadics between 2338 and 0045UT (LM 4.8) during the night of Aug 11-12. Graham was the only person able to observe on Aug 13-14 and recorded 9 Perseids and 2 sporadics between 2239 and 2345UT (duration 61 min, LM 5.0)

The indications are however that, even after allowing for the bright moonlight, this was a below average Perseid maximum. The IMO activity curve ( see ) indicates a peak ZHR in the range 60-70.

Some of Richard's video captures and one of his wider view images are reproduced  below:

Added by:  Tracie Heywood