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Watching the Perseid Meteor Shower in the Mendips

Well, the weather forecast held pretty much as I’d hoped for yesterday and shortly after 10pm we hit the road South out of Bristol, past the airport and into the Mendips where I’d identified an area with relatively low levels of light pollution using the UK light pollution map I posted yesterday.

Using Google Maps, we navigated to a dropped pin on a B road in the middle of the darker areas and then looked for somewhere to park up and watch from. We found a prime spot just here…

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…where we could park up and wander into a field (on a footpath!), found a nice spot to pitch the blanket and then lay back to enjoy the show (wrapped up in more blankets) of tiny satellites, hundreds of stars, a faint view of the Milky Way, no moon and of course the occasional meteor – some significantly larger than the average shooting star.

Unfortunately I don’t have the right camera equipment for astro-photography (but I now have a lockable shutter release on the way from eBay!) so I didn’t manage to capture any meteors (and I preferred to just enjoy seeing them anyway) but the BBC have some nice photos here.

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