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2019_08_12_Wirksworth_Meteor

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12/08/19<br />
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A shooting star from the Perseid meteor shower strikes a path so dazzling, it can be seen despite a bright moon and a crowd of people illuminated by red lights at the StarDisc overlooking Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Peak District. <br />
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Dozens of star gazers waited late into the evening for clouds to clear while listening to ’Music for Meteors’ a performance of ambient music by Gong before this meteor lit up the sky at 20.21.<br />
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​StarDisc is a 21st century stone circle and celestial amphitheatre created by Aidan Shingler. It spans 12 meters (40 ft). Carved into black granite is a star chart that mirrors the northern hemisphere’s night sky. The surface of the stone circle is inscribed with the constellations, their names, and a depiction of the Milky Way. Contrasting with the star chart is a perimeter of silver granite on which 12 seats are positioned. The seats denote the months of the year.<br />
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The bright Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year, but this year they'll be washed out by a close-to-full moon during their peak. Spectators can expect to see just 10-15 Perseids per hour or maybe slightly more on the peak, which is the night of Aug. 12-13 .<br />
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