Ain’t no Party Like a Perseid Party 2010
So according to the interwebs (the source of all things accurate…) over the next two days, the Perseid meteor shower is going to be reaching its peak and Nasa estimates that the shower could produce a display of up to 80 meteors per hour. So if you can bear to drag yourself away from watching Big Bro on TV then it’s a good night for a bit of star gazing!
To give the celestial light show a certain je ne sais quoi, the Irish Astronomical Organisation are throwing a perseid party at Delamont Country Park, near Killyleagh, Co Down this evening. If the weather conditions aren’t looking favourable for tonight, don’t worry because it’s a moveable feast and the event will take place on the somewhat less auspicious sounding date of Friday 13th. Watch out for any stray asteroids heading in your direction! Bring any sort of a gas or spirit cooker you may have, plus frying pan, and whatever grub & drinks you want. Also your own plates, cups/mugs, cutlery etc. and perhaps a picnic blanket or a sun lounger to drape yourself over as you enjoy your bacon sarnie and flask of tea along with the meteoroid disco up above! Check out the IAA forum later this afternoon to find out what night the Perseid Party is goin’ down!
Don’t fancy the crowds at Delamont? Belfast Telegraph suggests the following spots to get a good view of proceedings…
Downhill beach at Castlerock
Glenariff Forest Park — astronomers suggest a forest clearing would be ideal to block out light from nearby settlements.
Lough Neagh — a big expanse of darkness without too much light pollution.
Tyrella beach outside Newcastle— weather forecasters predict the best clear spells will be in the east.