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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

The perfect end to a beautiful weekend.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Rich Hughes said...

Phhh! Leonids forever!

If you like that kind of thing..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallasite

August 12, 2007 11:43 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Okay, okay, I laid out on a blanket in the yard and saw only two.

But I decided that I was going to do a special personal thing for every meteor that I saw.

No, I'm not telling so don't ask. ;-)

August 13, 2007 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Sweetie and I were returning home from Kansas City in the small hours of Monday morning, so we pulled into a relative dark location and observed for an hour or so. We each saw eighteen meteors, not necessarily the same ones. Two mornings later, we returned to that commuter parking lot, ten miles south of Maryville. After some viewing, we determined the site was not optimal, what with headlights on the nearby highway, so we eased up a gravel road to find a hayfield entrance. Altogether, I saw eighteen that time. My Sweetie got tired and conked out in the car seat before she counted ten sightings.

Now, the real experience was about thirty years ago. My nephew and I were on a farm in northern Missouri. When they turned out the lights, they really turned out the lights. There were no cities of any appreciable size within fifty miles. The sky was so burdened with stars that it's no wonder some of them fell out. I saw twenty-seven; John, the nephew, saw as many as fifty. The big thrill that night was a fireball whose trail covered ninety degrees of celestial arc. WOW!!!
Scotius

August 16, 2007 7:03 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

You know, I remember a Perseid meteor shower from about that time - I would have been twelve. We were camping and the meteors were spectacular. One was very bright and screamed across the sky.

I wonder if it was the same event.

One thing that I wish I could see is a total eclipse of the sun. I also wished to see a supernova with the naked eye (fat chance) while I was in the Galapagos.

August 16, 2007 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are due for a total eclipse of the moon the end of this month, but you have to be up before the chickens to see it.

I did some googling and learned that a fireball the likes of which we both may have seen is caused by a meteoroid no larger than a marble. Those dudes do smack the atmosphere at several dozen miles per second, so they pack a lot of kinetic energy.

A problem with the Leonids is that their time is a month in which I should be blowing Z's at the hours of best observation, what with eight o'clock classes to teach.
Scotius

August 16, 2007 11:46 PM  

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