By gc on Aug 12, 2009
Heard people talking about watching meteor shower at night yesterday. We live close to Mission Peak, which was the recommended best observatory place in Fremont. Actually we had hiked up there many times, and knew the trail very well.
With support of my wife, we inspired our body to go with us. We hit the trail around 9PM. The sun had set completely, but it was not dark. Street lights were so bright at night. We didn't need to take out flashlights.
Nothing special during the hiking, we reached the peak around 11PM. The reddish moon was rising from the horizon. We were so exciting as we saw 3 meteor already on the way up. The next 2 and half hour were not so exciting. There were many reasons, no chair, no bed, wind blew though not cold, most important thing was we didn't see a meteor "shower", just isolated meteor flashing thru the sky every few minutes. The flash was so brief. Sometimes you couldn't catch it after a quick blink. Had to concentrate all the time. Hard for kids.
About 30 people up there at the peak and other 30-40 people alone the trail. As the moon was rising, the sky turned too bright for observing meteors. We didn't see more meteors as time went by. Besides moonlight, the light pollution is so severe around the bay. This was good for hiking though. Maybe a pair of sunglasses could help. However, city lights were beautiful! That could be enough to lure me go again.