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I was informed by BBC news yesterday that it was the time of the year when Perseid (a rather quaint name for a meteor shower) travels across the skies over Earth and dozens of meteorites burning through Earth's atmosphere would be visible to the naked eye.
Needless to say, I was excited. The fact that the best time for viewing the meteor shower over London, when 'up to 80 meteorites per hour' was expected, was reported to be between 2.30am to 3.30am local time didn't deter me one bit. I figured that I could stay up till then battling mutants at Fallout 3.
The alarm went off at precisely 2.25am. Leaving my quest half completed, I raced towards the window in the dining room, which truth to be told, was a mere two steps (not even large ones) away from my TV console.
I opened my window and poked my head out. Hmm… other than the blinker of a distant plane, there was no sign of any meteorite, not even a star could be seen. Fine, maybe I was looking in the wrong direction. I turned to my bedroom window, which was four strides in the opposite direction. Still no luck. Give it a bit more time, maybe the meteorites were tearing through the ozone at that moment. But nope.
Half and hour later, something dawned to me and I quickly looked up Google Map only to confirm my suspicions - my dining window faces the North while the windows in my bedroom faces the East. Guess what? The meteor shower was in the North-easterly direction.
I headed for bed without catching a glimpse of Perseid and Fallout 3 quest uncompleted. Looking at the Times article this morning, it seems that many other Londoners were out of luck as well.
Did you manage to catch the Perseid meteor shower in action?