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Meteor Showers

michael posted more than 13 years ago | from the bring-your-umbrella dept.

Space 95

Nick Davison writes: "This weekend promises another good meteor display with the Perseids expected to be falling at up to one a minute at around 6am PST Sunday morning. The big show of the year, however, is expected to be the Leonids that peak November 18th - they are expected to briefly peak at around 15,000/hour."

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Michael Sims (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2110105)

Why the hell is Michael "Censor Nazi" Sims [] posting 90% of the stories? Does he own /. already or what?

It's logical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2110328)

I'm going to put on my Spock ears and grab my glow-in-the-dark Jedi light saber and actually go outdoors for real and watch the falling stars.

Re:It's logical (0)

Mr. Spork (446978) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145128)

Hey, watch the ears, fuckwit!

Movie Victim (2, Funny)

friscolr (124774) | more than 13 years ago | (#2113571)

Yeah, should be some good shows, just watch out for blindness and the Triffids [] .

dismal (1)

maccalvin5 (455879) | more than 13 years ago | (#2119032)

so my friends and i went on up to mount baldy here in so cal, and after a good long drive, found a nice spot to sit and chill, just to watch the stars and hopefully see some go whizzing past. only saw a few stars, but there was this coyote or dog or something that came flying around the corner, i swear the thing must have been going like, 30 mph. anyway, not too many meteors sighted between 11 and 12 pst from our spot in so cal (maybe 8).

The light pollution map (4, Informative)

codetalker (245862) | more than 13 years ago | (#2119057)

This is a great oppurtunity to make use of that light pollution map that was just posted a couple articles ago [] It's a damn shame that my part o' the map is a big bright white spot. I guess I won't be seeing to many meteors. However, the beautiful colours of all the light bouncing off the pollution in my highly developed area might just make up for it!

DO Something About it... (1)

NSupremo (161699) | more than 13 years ago | (#2126151)

What happened to the anti-light pollution movement? Completely swallowed up by other problems of course.

It should be illegal for so many empty parking lots, auto dealerships, etc, to leave their lights on at night.

The International Dark-Sky Association (3, Informative)

SteveM (11242) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145207)

What happened to the anti-light pollution movement?

They are here. [] .

Steve M

Rear Meteor Shower (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2119541)

I once had a meteor shower come out of my butt at the rate of 15,000 per minute. I has just eaten too many chalupas from Taco Bell. Man did that hurt.

Re:Rear Meteor Shower (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2146244)

Did they burn up as they came through?

Wipo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2122095)

I am the Wipo Troll.

-J^Raxis posting anonymously

Re:Wipo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2118531)

No, I am the Wipo Troll.

"Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco" fucking idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2140942)

Wipe that shithead.

Re:"Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco" fucking idiot. (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2110327)

Well, my friend,

Fuck you.

Go to hell Taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2145121)

*bsd is dying you fuckhead

Re:Go to hell Taco (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145124)

So are you. Please don't lose any time.

"Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco" is a poopie-head (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2145131)

ha ha

Re:"Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco" is a poopie-head (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145132)

ho ho

*taco is dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2145134)

as is *bsd. fuck off taco.

Re:*taco is dying (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145137)

We're all dying. End is near. Would you please go first?

see you in hell taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2145139)

"Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco" is a damn troll. don't listen to his sorry ass.

Re:see you in hell taco (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145143)

None of my posts in this story was moderated down as troll. So you're wrong, obviously.

Re:see you in hell taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2141289)

I'm still the Wipo Troll. - J'Raxis

Saw them driving (2, Interesting)

El_Nofx (514455) | more than 13 years ago | (#2124920)

Driving home tonight I saw several shooting stars and meteors. It was quite a nice show . I knew there had to be something of a big meteor shower going on. Read this morning and they had nothing on it. Must of been slacking. Leave it to /. to inform the masses. These are nothing compared to the Northern lights up here in North Dakota. What North Dakota? They have computers up there? YA WE DO, Running water and indoor plumbing too! (ok fine we tore down the outhouse last year)

Re:Saw them driving (2)

SteveM (11242) | more than 13 years ago | (#2144001)

Read this morning and they had nothing on it.

Perhaps you missed this CNN article [] from August 10th which is currently, Sunday the 12, prominently featured on the CNN Space page?

Steve M

Also at the BBC (2)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 13 years ago | (#2125308)

The BBC has an article [] on the topic.

ISS and space hardware -- some risk (1)

BlackStar (106064) | more than 13 years ago | (#2125447)

Rather than debate the mess by intuition and bravado, how about doing a search? There is evidence that this year's Leonid shower was warned against last year, mainly for satellite electronics ( Space Daily News on debris last year [] )

Also, there have bit hits on equipment such as the Leonardo module which do do damage. This article even mentions what would happen if the hit intersects a space-walker. Kind of like taking one for the team. Space Ref Interactive article on MPLM and some facts on what is up there in the way of protection []

Kind of interesting. These are small, but apparently anything of even a few centimeters in size is tracked by radar now. And avoided. (Space shuttle article (pdf) on Nasa. Didn't keep the href. Do the search. :-) )

Nth Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2125830)

trolling is a form of self-expression, a unique skill, an artform. *bsd is dying. i'm proud to have this post modded to "-1, troll". REPLY IF YOU LOVE TROLLING!!!

Get a login, fucking retard! (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2153744)

ACs suck.

I got yer login right here: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2113672)


Slashdot (3, Funny)

Nastard (124180) | more than 13 years ago | (#2126149)

"The sky is falling"

Typical Slashdot.

6am PST? (1)

Sniser (325496) | more than 13 years ago | (#2126451)

Someone care to tell me what 6am PST is in GMT ?

Re:6am PST? (2, Informative)

Skynet (37427) | more than 13 years ago | (#2123097)

Ahhhh! Fuck the lameness filter!

6AM PST equals 2PM GMT

Re:6am PST? (1)

Sniser (325496) | more than 13 years ago | (#2123607)

Well thanks. Not much use trying to watch meteors in broad daylight tho :(

Observe them before dawn... (4, Interesting)

crisco (4669) | more than 13 years ago | (#2129501)

...wherever you live. Although there may be a peak time around then, generally the best viewing is before dawn as that is when the night sky is rotated round to face the direction the earth is moving. With the leftover particles from the comet in an orbit crossing earth's, we hit them head on in the morning sky. The article says August 12th between 14 and 17 UT will be the peak, I'll let you correlate that to where you live.

Re:6am PST? (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2141353)

Gay Motherfuckers' Time?

Re:6am PST? (0, Flamebait)

Sniser (325496) | more than 13 years ago | (#2146120)

Yep. Please tell me, cause it seems like we'll have a clear(ish) sky in Gay Motherfucker Land, and there isn't anything more romantic than watching meteors with your stud, is there?

Re:6am PST? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2131612)

what's with the fuckin' trolls on /. nowadays?

Re:6am PST? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2124706)

Even trolls need to reproduce.

Re:6am PST? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2144641)

Yes! Reproduce. Make babies. Retreat and mate like bunnies. "Like a foot up a dogs ass...bang! bang! bang! All day long!" br33d1n6 15 fUn. I like to screw. Screwing is fUn. Peaches and cream. Nut's and honey. Pick up a whore and give her money. Ooops I spilled your drink. Rut like pigs. F*ck like animals in the meteor shower stall.

Re:6am PST? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2125826)

Aids is the type of disease that would go away all by itself if treated with massive amounts of common sense. The question that remains, is if there is enough common sense available. Looking at your post and the troll's above, I begin to think not.

Re:6am PST? (-1)

Trollificus (253741) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145125)

Where the fuck have you been for the past few years?

Re:6am PST? (2)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#2144363)

GMT -8 to be precise.

shower (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2127520)

Shower me with your warm, stick, sweet cum, CmdrTaco.
:O~~ ---8

Big one (1)

zoftie (195518) | more than 13 years ago | (#2128737)

I have seen last night in urban setting two large
meteors. After standing there for ten minuetes,
head looking up, I gave up.

How can I see these? (1)

supz (77173) | more than 13 years ago | (#2128895)

Ok. Don't be to quick to flame, because I'll admit it... I am stupid.

I see these posts on slashdot a lot, about seeing meteor showers etc, but I'm never able to actually see them. A couple times I've made the effort to go outside with some binoculars or whatever and looked at the sky, but I've never seen anything. Am I looking in the wrong place? Am I looking at the wrong time? Does being 20 miles outside of NYC have anything to do with it?

I'm really interested in space, the sky, stars, but I never get to see cool stuff happening with them. Any pointers? =P

Re:How can I see these? (1)

mgarraha (409436) | more than 13 years ago | (#2111908)

Go out around 4am any clear night this week. Don't worry about the peak of the shower. Keep your unaided eyes open and be very patient. Since you're new at this and close to the city, consider 5 meteors per hour a success.

In the evening this month, the bright orange "star" in the south is Mars. The dimmer one to its right is Antares. Use a sky map [] to identify whatever else you can see. Sky and Telescope has a good general article for beginners [] .

Re:How can I see these? (1)

dweezle (200818) | more than 13 years ago | (#2128858)

Have a brew. Go out and look at the stars. Have some patience. The majority seem to move NE->SW at any point in the sky. Keep in mind that these kind of things only make noise on TV and in the movies...dammit

Re:How can I see these? (2)

SteveM (11242) | more than 13 years ago | (#2125095)

Keep in mind that these kind of things only make noise on TV and in the movies.

Depends on what you mean by "these kinds of things". The large fireball that was seen over Pennsylvania a few weeks ago "[i]n its final moments the fireball created a deafening sonic boom that shook the ground."

From a report from Sky and Telescope you can read here. []

Steve M

Re:How can I see these? (3, Informative)

aonifer (64619) | more than 13 years ago | (#2142399)

Step 1: Go outside.
Step 2: Look up.

Seriously, you don't want to use binoculars. The meteors come from all over the sky. Just get a comfortable reclining lawn chair and look up. Make sure it's not cloudy and don't sit directly under a street lamp or anything. And don't expect to actually see one meteor a minute, especially if you aren't in a very dark location or are going out before midnight.

Benn there ... done that (5, Informative)

Pat__ (26992) | more than 13 years ago | (#2128966)

I was out watching the shower with a couple of friends and we did have a nice display.

I don't know when exatly the peak was but we only had a chance before the moon rise (from ten till around midnight local time) and we were not disapointed. frenquency was about a star every couple of minutes, including about 15 with high magnitude and long trails :)

A couple of tips for the first timers.
- Get away from the city lights (and pullotion) as much as possible.
- Have a good field of view because they will be all over the sky not just in the vicinity of perseus
- Do NOT concentrate at the spot where they will come from (Perseus) rather about 40 degrees away, as odd as this may seem, the shooting stars around perseus won't leave a long trail (they will be coming towards you ) and you won't be seing much of them.

PS the geeks that we are had to take a laptop to the middle of nowhere with Starry Night on it , as if the real sky was just not enough ;)

Will this cause problems for the ISS? (4, Interesting)

starseeker (141897) | more than 13 years ago | (#2129784)

Will the International Space Station pass through this?

One of the problems with having such a large contained area in space is that it's that much easier to puncture it. Lots of small holes would be very bad, although I know the odds of that are slim to slimmer. Still, is there a plan in case this happens? I assume my usual "When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout" wouldn't really cut it...

Who gives a fucking shit? (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2127522)

Well, some extra fireworks, good thing too.

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? (1)

Faux_Pseudo (141152) | more than 13 years ago | (#2144412)

I don't know what they do about small debrie but there is a computer that monitors for all large potential damageing impacts that could happen within a 72 hour period around the ISS and a 24 hour period on the space boat.
If a empact is eminent then they move out of the way.

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? (1)

tmarzolf (107617) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145075)

The hitchikers guide cautions: Don't Panic.

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145077)

The Slashdot guide cautions: Learn to spell.

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? - NO (4, Insightful)

Wizard of OS (111213) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145574)

No, it wil not. Meteors you see are actually be little grains of sand, I doubt those will have an impact on ISS. On the other hand, meteor observations is a piece of astronomy that can easily be done by amateurs but that does have scientific value: new models are generated based on the observations, and these models help predict meteor showers (so that solar panels of sattelites can be turned if huge amounts of spacejunk is expected). The perseids are relatively small, members of my local observatory saw 13 in 5 hours yesterday (okay, it was partly clouded). With a huge meteor shower as the predicted leonids (they were predicted to shower enourmously for the past few years, but I didn't notice any of that), things may be different for ISS.

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? - NO (3, Insightful)

Lord_Pall (136066) | more than 13 years ago | (#2129235)

IANOMS(I am not a meteor scientist) but...

Not to challenge your meteor scale statement, but last time i checked, even a grain of sand going at meteor type speeds will cause significant damage..

They've got a piece of a shuttle windshield that got nailed by a piece of paint down in houston at the johnson space space center..

Nothing quite like seeing a fleck of paint embedded 2 inches into a "bulletproof" windshield..

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? - NO (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2130251)

They keep demonstrating that kind of bullshit so they don't get their budgets cut.

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? - NO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2144414)

A grain of sand travelling at 7 km/s + x km/s (7 km/s for ISS + x km/s, x>20 km/s for the meteor) will do lots of damage. The energy imparted upon by a,say 20km/s 0.1 gram grain is about 0.1 x 0.5 x 2000^2 = 20000 J, enough to blow a sizable hole in your door.

The chances are not zero. However, people usually subscribe to the "big sea" philosophy, meaning that space is a very very very big place. (Earth is really big, and space is much bigger still.)

I don't think the perseids or any meteor shower pose any problems, just because the chances of one nailing the ISS is so small. However, I won't be surprise if the a big cloud of grains come over, NASA saw it on their radar, and have the ISS crew hang in there in the escape Soyuz for a while....

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? (2)

Kraft (253059) | more than 13 years ago | (#2146121)

Hmmm... this reminds me of last weeks discussion of the Gravitational Repulsion Effect [] - if possible, using such a device onboard the ISS would be ideal really.

Re:Will this cause problems for the ISS? (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 13 years ago | (#2153739)

Simple - They (Use thick austrilian accent..)
"Slime their Tires!" Slime will fix those punctures quick!

Sorry, but those commercials are driving me nuts! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2130180)

what about the server is down... does anyone know anything? (-1)

Dmitry Skylarov (470197) | more than 13 years ago | (#2143684)

Does it surprise you? It was running on PWS.

I was wondering, (1)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | more than 13 years ago | (#2131048)

So thats why I saw so many meteors, I almost never see them but last night i say 4 in 5 minutes without looking after them.

Saturday night (2)

Perdo (151843) | more than 13 years ago | (#2135428)

Out late on a saturday night and I saw the best meteor I've ever seen. Get home and the shower is posted to slashdot. Neat. God it was a great meteor. Nice thick bright trail looked like a fat straight lightning bolt. It was leaving little secondary sparks and seemed to fork at the very end. Beautiful.

As an astronomer (1, Funny)

jerw134 (409531) | more than 13 years ago | (#2137409)

I can really appreciate this kind of information. I really think that Slashdot should keep up on astronomy news, as many astronomers are also nerds. Keep up the good work!

Astronomers (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2115489)

Astronomers are retards.

Re:Astronomers (-1)

evil_spork (444038) | more than 13 years ago | (#2127521)

And thus they fit in perfectly with the rest of the Slashbots.

Re:Astronomers (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2119540)

Are you an astronomer?

Re:Astronomers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2113378)

He's an anal astronomer.

Re:Astronomers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2145572)

No doubt focusing on Uranus.

Re:Astronomers (-1)

evil_spork (444038) | more than 13 years ago | (#2128965)

no, I'm a male slut :)

As a JEW astronomer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2142755)

Michael and JonKatz made their way into the lab where the animal experiments were conducted. A cute, fuzzy rabbit had caught their eye...

The evil duo quickly subdued the little lab rabbit. They strapped the now helpless animal's head to the sex table with hot leather. JonKatz had the urge, and removed his pants, which were now buldging. After slipping off his briefs, JonKatz tightly fastened the leather straps and was ready to begin.......

JonKatz began to "grease up". Shoving endless amounts of vaseline and baby oil all around the rabbit's ass, he slid his purple head firmly into the rabbit's tight asshole. Even though the rabbit was slightly unconscious, screams of pain were constanly being emmited. Michael reached for the chain whip and smacked the rabbit's soft nose until its face was soaked with blood. Now, with the rabbits head drooped over the edge of the table, JonKatz continued his sex hunt. His now tingling cock was pushed deeper and deeper through the thick layers of skin which covered the bowel tract. Five, six, seven, then finally all eight and 3/4 inches were plunged deep within the animal's love canal.

JonKatz's manhood tingled with every slight movement of the now half alive rabbit. He began rhythmically sliding in and out, moaning with pleasure on every thrust. JonKatz worked himself into a hot orgasm. The blood, now coming steadily out of the rabbit's ass with every thrust of JonKatz's pelvis, could be heard dripping on the floor. JonKatz's rate increased and with a final push, he spurted creamy white love gel far up into the rabbit's bleeding ass.

The blood and cum mixed together on the floor, which had now accumulated a large puddle. Unknown to JonKatz, the semen had acted as a powerful enemma for the rabbit and out ushered the contents of its intestine. The stool was loose and soft. It fell to the ground with a soft thud and broke into small pieces. The obnoxious smell caught JonKatz's attention, and no sooner had he fallen to the ground and began licking the large puddle of blood, sperm, and stool. Exited at JonKatz's enthusiasm, Michael dropped to his knees and also began to slurp the foul mixture.

After cleaning the floor with their tongues, JonKatz and Michael checked on the battered lab rabbit. It was barely able to hold its head up, as it had lost control of most of its motor fuctions. Feeling no pity for this sexually mistreated animal, they unstrapped it and tossed it across the room, only to make a loud and deep thud against the wall. Its blood soaked fur left spatters of red stains everywhere it touched. Michael reached for his chain whip, while JonKatz grabbed a pair of rusty hedge clippers (one of the many torture devices carried around for "convenience"). They made their way over to the rabbit. The rabbit was struggling for every last bit of air it could, just gasping and wheezing.

"Awwwww. Poor little thing," Michael maniacally laughed. He raised his arm and thrust the cold metal whip down, exposing the rabbit's bloody flesh. He kept whacking and whacking at the furry bag of blood. Then, when Michael stopped to catch his breath, JonKatz stepped over with his rusty hedge clippers. He knelt over the rabbit who was knocking loudly on death's door. JonKatz took a quick glance at the clippers, grinned, and then thrust them deep into the body of the rabbit, obviously hitting many arteries. As the blood squirted into JonKatz's face he moved the clippers around in hopes to find a thick bone to crunch. "Aha! The femur!" he yelled out with excitement. JonKatz wedged the clippers against the bone. He opened them wide......then closed down on them with all his might. The bone could be heard deep inside the rabbit, being mutilated. Death had glazed the bunny's eyes.

The rabbit lay dead, a bloody mess on the floor. Its bodily fluids freely surged across the tiled floor. Then with a look of extreme satisfaction, both JonKatz and Michael lit up some smokes, gathered their belongings and quietly left the hospital grounds, knowing with confidence that they would strike again, somewhere, soon.

Re:As an astronomer (1)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 13 years ago | (#2144976)

I just ran outside to look after reading the article. Although I'm not an astronomer, I also appreciate news like this.

As of about Aug 11 at 11 PM (GMT-5) in Canada (Southwest Ontario) I'm seeing about 1 meteor every 10 minutes. It's a far cry from the predicted maxes, but then again, the high point has not arrived yet. I live in a rural area, so there's not that much light pollution but still, the current rate is a little disappointing.

Won't see it (1)

HerrGlock (141750) | more than 13 years ago | (#2137410)

With a stalled cold front over us, the chances of being hit by one of those things is better than seeing it.

Or is that the definition of being star struck?


Re:Won't see it (2, Insightful)

b0r1s (170449) | more than 13 years ago | (#2122097)

How bright would it be anyway? I'm on the west coast, and it SHOULD be clear then, but the show will be competing with sunrise in California, and I'm assuming it will be pretty much impossible to see it here. Anyone know otherwise?

Re:Won't see it (1)

dweezle (200818) | more than 13 years ago | (#2137958)

Well then go out right NOW. Just came in from a little gazing, I was seeing abt. 1 every 3min.

Re:Won't see it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2145122)

I thought the sun SET in the land of fruits and nuts, not rose. It's ok though, wouldn't expect much from a Mac user.

They'll never beat Golden Showers (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2137412)

cuz those yellow bastards own j00!

Calgary pre-dawn, no luck. (1)

Bigger R (131370) | more than 13 years ago | (#2141260)

Gave it 5 minutes in bare feet on the cold wet grass on my lawn in suburbia, but had forgotten my coffee inside and gave up. A slight cloud haze is reflecting the light pollution. Neighbours probably had more fun watching me. Thanks for the tip, tho! President of the Hard Core Astronomer Club.

Flaming Russian Space Junk! Woohoo! (1)

celtic heretic (19369) | more than 13 years ago | (#2142172)

Any other Bluenoses out there see the fireball? Didn't know what it was 'til the news mentioned it the next day. I was looking in the other direction 'til I heard people a couple yards over going, "ooh, ahh, oh". While I'm askin' though anyone see the fiery plume that went westward near twilight last fall?

Just got home... (1)

Etriaph (16235) | more than 13 years ago | (#2144857)

...from doing that. My wife and I drove out to Farmers Rd. in Russel-Prescott County (Ontario, CA), parked the car on the shoulder, put a blanket on the hood and watched them fall. They were coming down one every three or four minutes. We had a decent amount of light polution from Ottawa to the West and from the moon from the East, but we were able to see a few really big ones with tails miles long at least. I can't wait for November. :)

Showers? (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145023)

Showers are bad. I shower once a month.

Not again... (0, Offtopic)

Powercntrl (458442) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145074)

Every time I hear news like this, it reminds me of the movie Armageddon. Why can't life imitate a different hollywood blockbuster? I'd really like to see the look on the alien's faces when their ships start blowing up when they get attacked by Code Red...

--- slashdotted... new link (3, Informative)

mickey knox (460146) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145140)'s link for the Perseid meteor shower information has officially been slashdotted.

You can view similar information (or at least good information on the annual Perseid meteor showers) on [] . Yummy tasty.

You know you're a true nerd when... (1)

DreamSynthesis (415854) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145214)

you read this story and you start having flashbacks of laying on your side in the suburbs, in the middle of January, frozen beyond the point of numbness, squinting through a telescope your dad bought you ($age_then = 11).

In all seriousness, it's good to see headlines like this these days. I often find myself sitting around wondering about the lack of enthusiasm for science (more specificially astronomy) I see in a lot of kids these days.

Yeah, I know, it's kinda always been that way, but it just seems to get progressively more so these days. I don't mean to sound like (gasp!!!) my parents or anything, but the focus seems to have shifted *inward* (to topics within society and industry) for most yound nerds these days (in pursuit of computing-related topics mostly), and away from *outbound* (astronomy, physics, chemistry, etc). I played with both chemistry sets AND computers as a kid, but now it seems most kids are playing with a WingMan Extreme and their parents' AOL connection instead.

Now, I'm a computer programmer now myself, but I can recall using DOS BASIC to write galaxy simulators when I was a kid. And before anymore thinks me an old fart dreaming about the Good Old Days, I'm only 20. What's up with this shift, and does it bother others like it bothers me?

DreamSynthesis is a racist anti-Semite!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2121815)

You really should read this man's posting history -- he insulted a Jewish poster for speaking out against Nazi racism and atrocity. He is
a Nazi sympathiser and has no place on Slashdot which is USUALLY a pretty Liberal site. Clean up Slashdot: ditch the racists.

Somebody.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2145242)

call Bruce Willis to save us from the impending doom.

point of view (1)

beanerspace (443710) | more than 13 years ago | (#2146052)

I was wondering what that wet stuff was getting into my eyes here in the mid-atlantic states ... now if I can just figure out why these turkeys are drownding.

BAH ! Figures, nothing but blazing heat and humidity for a week, and the one night that it might be neat to look up in the sky, we get much needed rain. Oh well, would rather have the later than the former. Guess I'll wait till November.

Re:point of view (2)

SteveM (11242) | more than 13 years ago | (#2131063)

I was down in Cape May, NJ. I saw a number of very bright flashes in the sky.

Damm lightning.

Steve M

Waiting for Leonids (2)

mgarraha (409436) | more than 13 years ago | (#2146243)

the Leonids that peak November 18th ... are expected to briefly peak at around 15,000/hour

Ever since I read about the Leonid storms of 1933 and 1966, I've been waiting to see the next one. I saw a few Leonids in 1998 and 99 but nothing to write home about. Weather was unfavorable in 2000. Why should the 2001 Leonids be special?

I still like the Geminids (Dec 13) the best. Unlike other showers, the radiant is high in the sky well before midnight. A last quarter moon hinders predawn viewing of this year's Perseids.

Leonid stream details (4, Informative)

mgarraha (409436) | more than 13 years ago | (#2145142)

Why should the 2001 Leonids be special?

David Asher at Armagh Observatory has an explanation and plots [] that answer my question. He and Robert McNaught in Australia have calculated the orbits of debris streams ejected during many past apparitions of the comet. The outer planets perturb each stream differently. In 2001 Australia and Asia should get 15000 meteors per hour from the combined 1866 and 1699 streams. The Americas should get 2500 per hour from the 1767 stream. The 1966 storm was a direct hit on the relatively fresh 1899 stream. They think the numerous bright Leonids seen in 1998 may have been ejected in 1333.

Re:Leonid stream details (1)

Melantha_Bacchae (232402) | more than 13 years ago | (#2114838)

Oh, goody, King Ghidora's getting another Leonid event to herald his December return to the silver screen in "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidora: Daikaiju Soukougeki" (see the director's site at for details). The 1998 fireballs (which I got to see) occured less than a month before "Mothra 3: King Ghidora Attacks" was released in Japan. And of course, the 1966 storm occured in the midst of Ghidora's career in the 60's. It seems Toho got their Leonid predictions down to an exact science long before scientists did. ;)

For anyone who doesn't know, King Ghidora is a gigantic, golden, 3 headed, two legged dragon that is the leader of a race of planet destroying monsters. He comes to the Earth in asteroid form, in order to destroy it. He is credited with destroying all life on Venus (Mars in the American version of the 1964 "Ghidrah, the Three Headed Monster"), and attempting to destroy the dinosaurs 130 million years ago (when he was stopped by a time traveling Mothra Leo). His younger four-legged volcanic brother Death Ghidora wiped out Mars, and drove the dinosaurs to extiction 65 million years ago. The Ghidorans are the ancient enemies of Mothra. King Ghidora and Godzilla have been fighting ever since an infant Mothra asked for his help in "Ghidrah, the Three Headed Monster".

Sounds familiar (1)

mefus (34481) | more than 13 years ago | (#2125868) I know from whence Dynasty ripped its plotline.
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