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    I started watching for meteors in the summer of 1961. I was 15. It was August, and these were the Perseids. I gave little thought to them other than that they were streaks across the night sky. Some people called them "shooting stars." I now cringe when I hear that. It is an arduous task to explain to people who know nothing about astronomy that meteors have nothing to do with the stars. By 1962, I knew enough to know that my cousin Larry and I were watching the Perseid Meteor shower and that it peaked the night of August 11, and morning of August 12. The payoff came in 1964 in my cousin's back yard when I counted 351 meteors. They were falling like snowflakes in the east before dawn. Some were very bright and left trails. Others exploded into pieces. Some were points of light, a sign that meteors were dropping straight toward us. We saw the finale after dawn broke. It was daylight, and Larry started yelling. I looked up to see a fireball, or bolide, the size of a half moon. It was a fitting climax to a night that turned into an orgasm of meteors. I have never topped that night, and it is more than 48 years later (as I write.) I plan to make one more attempt. There will be no moon the night of August 11, 2013. I plan to be in Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver. I will be at a high elevation and hopefully under clear skies. I will try to hook up with a local astronomy club whose members share my taste for dramatic meteor showers.
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    I first deliberately sought out a location to watch the perseids in 2009. I have watched them every August since then. I went camping between Cheyenne and Laramie this year but the shower was a bust. I also stayed up late on the 12th of August near Pryor Flats campground in the Shirley Mountains (Wyoming) but again the shower was a bust. I hope 2013 will be much better. I have not decided where to go yet but probably in the Shirley Basin area or Divide Basin here in Wyoming.


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    Quote Originally Posted by muddyshoemike View Post
    I first deliberately sought out a location to watch the perseids in 2009. I have watched them every August since then. I went camping between Cheyenne and Laramie this year but the shower was a bust. I also stayed up late on the 12th of August near Pryor Flats campground in the Shirley Mountains (Wyoming) but again the shower was a bust. I hope 2013 will be much better. I have not decided where to go yet but probably in the Shirley Basin area or Divide Basin here in Wyoming.
    I am thinking Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road runs through the park at over 12,000 feet. There will be no moon.
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    It should be most excellent up there. I've been over that road several times. There is a large parking area with gift shop, cafe, information center up on top. Maybe you know all that already. There might be some light pollution from Denver but it might not be that much. Sounds like a good choice.
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