Friday, August 14, 2009

Perseid Meteor

Read from somewhere that there are different times of the year when you can see meteor showers but August is normally the best time because that's when the skies are clearest.....

Hence, a trip over to Norfolk Park with the bunch to witness shooting stars!!!


Rombongan ke Norfolk Park... =)

Extract from BBC:
The meteors appear to come from a point called a "radiant" in the constellation of Perseus - hence the name Perseid. The late evening on 12 August through to the early hours of the 13 August was the best time to see the shower. Astronomers say up to 100 meteors per hour are expected to streak across the sky during the shower's peak. The Perseids can appear in any part of the sky, but their tails all point back to the radiant in the constellation Perseus.


Heard from a friend that the best time to watch the meteor shower is after midnight.... So, we walked out from our house at slightly past midnight and was prepared heading towards Norfolk Park. On the way there, we stumbled upon quite a number of juniors from the summer programme and they said that they have waited for quite long but have no luck witnessing any shooting stars.... We did not take their advise and proceed to our destination! hahaha... Boy, they really have no luck. Coz we saw quite a handful of them in the sky over the duration of 2 hours in the park... ^^

Happy happy!!!

We went over to the same place last year but only managed to catch ONE single meteor.... It was fun, BUT this year, it was FUN-ner! ho ho ho....

It was quite cloudy when we reached, so we kept ourselves occupied with other things....



Some were busy playing games, chattering, camwhoring, playing the guitar + singing, and also purely enjoying the atmosphere with a bunch of friends hanging out together. Munzai sang a streak of songs and he sung one particular song that was composed by himself for 4 times coz they requested him to sing that song over and over again... lol... I wonder will he be bored singing the same song for so many times in the same night...

Anyway, cloudy sky apart... When the sky was clear..... all of us immediately lie down and try to catch a 'moving' star.... =)

Like this.....


See, even Munzai the guitar player was lying down while playing his guitar... hahaha...

All of us got really excited and we saw a shooting star. I was kinda blur at one point where I shouted in all of a sudden and pointed towards a shooting star but only got to know it was a freaking plane flying above when ALL of them laughed at me hysterically. T____T

After that, I really did saw one! then two, then three, then four, up to seven!!! and when we were about to leave at about half past 2 in the morning, I got pranked by a mischievous someone and then it turned out the prank was indeed the truth!

Swooooosh, 3 shoooting stars fly above us in less than 2 minutes time but I only manage to catch one coz I was busy viewing the pics from my camera... *sobs*

So, in the end, I saw EIGHT shooting stars in the same night! Was very contented with this already... Of all 8, I reacted very fast with 4 of them coz I quicky made a wish whenever I saw one flying across the sky... =) Hope my wishes will come true!!!!!!!!!! and so do all of them who made a wish that night.



Anyway, the meteors are also active for days after this date, though the light reflected by a waning quarter moon may obstruct the view somewhat. So, if you want to witness them, look high up the sky and pray hard.... hehehehe. Hopefully I'll be able to catch a really good meteor rain the coming year too! ^^

2 comments:

Crystal said...

Ayoooooooo......
y u all so kotor ~ lying on the road...

sunset2712 said...

that is not a road la... i lied on a blanket so it was alright for me.. ho ho ho