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Thursday, August 11, 2016


Perseids 2016 Live Wecams (12-13 August 2016)

Perseid radiant as seen from Darwin at 5:00 am local time, August the 13th, looking north.

If you are clouded out, or south of Brisbane, or just don't want to get up at 4:00 am, you can try watching the following web cams in the northern hemisphere to catch the Perseids:

(10 am AEST August 12, that's 0000 GMT on Aug. 12)

NASA web cams via ustream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc
(12 am AEST August 12 and again 12 am AEST August 13)

The (semi) live International Meteor Organisation Perseid counts can be found here

And just a reminder, my viewing hints and charts for Australia are here


Hi, I came across your blog when looking for info on last nights celestial triangle near the moon. It is very striking. I saw the 3 planets forming a triangle on Thur 11th Aug 2016, from Sydney, above left to moon, between 8pm - 11pm. I looked online, and it appears they are Mars, Saturn and the red star Antares. Mars was very clear, glowing orange located closest to the moon. I took photo's and also captured a strange white glob round shape near the moon, but not sure what that is. I also have captured over 3 months a red and purple gas like orb moving around the moon, and wonder if this has an actual name? It is always has a purple centre surrounded with red. Do you know what this anomaly could be, or where I could search? Mary
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