Meteor watch in Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 18:07 20 August 2013

Meteor watch at The Norman Lockyer Obeservatory in Sidmouth was a huge success

Meteor watch at The Norman Lockyer Obeservatory in Sidmouth was a huge success

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METEOR watchers in their droves flocked to The Norman Lockyer Observatory on Monday night for its Perseid open evening event.

Meteor watch at The Norman Lockyer Obeservatory in Sidmouth was a huge successMeteor watch at The Norman Lockyer Obeservatory in Sidmouth was a huge success

Around 120 visitors showed up for the occasion and were able to see Perseid meteors under clear skies and favourable conditions with the moon setting early in the evening.

“We were also able to show people a favourable pass of the International Space Station which was almost directly overhead at 11pm,” said observatory chairman David Strange. “A bright fireball was also caught just before 1am appearing at the Perseid radiant above the Connaught Dome of the NLO. Our radar meteor detectors were recording rates of 200 meteors per hour making this one of the most impressive displays for many years.”


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