Meteor Shower in Portland

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Perseid Meteor Shower August 11-12, 2013
Meteors can appear anywhere in the night sky, keep in mind they look much clearer after dark like later than 10pm.
I saw more than 5! So I consider myself lucky.
I did not try to take photos of it, that is tomorrow project.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Monday, August 12, the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch!
Instead I kept my eye wide-open on the sky.
It was getting quite colder for me, so we left from Carl’s garden about 11pm.
Before sky was getting dark, there was quite a bit clouds. I waited patiently and took several pictures of the moon.
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What did I learn from stargazing?
If you are going to take photos; then bring a solid tripod, your camera and a flash light.
Bring a shutter release cable or remote control.
Alternatively you could also use the self-timer to eliminate camera shake.
Wear warm layers, weather gets quite cold after 9pm in Northwest Oregon.
Hat would be handy, or a hoody sweatshirt.
Bring mosquito repellent. Bugs love to eat you believe or not.
Wear a good pair shoe, waterproof can be handy for wet grassy parks or garden!
Wear a thick sock, keeps you warm whole night. I learned that in a hard way.
Bring at least one blanket, it can keep you warm.
Bring some snacks, waiting long time outdoor can make you hungry.
Hot tea was great for me, but any drink would be good for long night.
Camping chair is good!
A good tip for photographers; make sure turn off your camera’s auto-focus, and manually set the focus to infinity, so the stars will look sharper.

I will try bring waterproof blanket tomorrow in order to lay down on the grass to look at sky. After spending more than two hours looking at sky from the chair, my neck was getting restless!

“The Perseid meteor shower is a derivative of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. In early to mid-August each year, Earth passes through a cloud of dust produced by the comet as it approaches the Sun. As a result of this pass through the debris stream, Perseid meteoroids hit the atmosphere at 132,000 mph — and in significant numbers.”
More about this subject read here: http://www.ibtimes.com/perseid-meteor-shower-fireball-champion-all-annual-celestial-events-nasa-video-1361857

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-perseid-meteor-shower-watch-online-20130809,0,6504772.story

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