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Leonid Meteor Shower 2002

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the rise-and-shine dept.

Space 193

Jacer writes "Adler press reports that 'approximately every 33 years the Leonid Meteor shower becomes a breathtaking meteor storm -- capable of illuminating the night sky with thousands of meteors per hour. Astronomers predict that the height of the storm over North America in 2002 could possibly generate 40 meteors every minute -- over 2,400 per hour!' Space.com has plenty of information available. I wanted to submit it early so you could plan ahead. It'd make for a long work or school day, but it's not something I'd care to miss."

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2400 wishes per hour (5, Funny)

stoffel (106124) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616531)

where's my wishlist...

Re:2400 wishes per hour (5, Funny)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616592)

200 more an hour and this would be the 1337est meteor shower ever.

Re:2400 wishes per hour (-1, Troll)

John Romero (623194) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616712)

HAHAHA F0GH4TS!! 2400 W|SHaS PeR HOURE IS N0THinG COmp4RIED TO TEH P0WR OF DIATKANANGTA!!!

Re:2400 wishes per hour (2)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616891)

Tell your big bro he better start posting my Photoshop Friday submittions or heads will roll.

Re:2400 wishes per hour (5, Funny)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616922)

Here's mine.



for (int i=0; i<=2400; i++)

cout << i << " - Sex with Alyson Hannigan";

Last year? (3, Funny)

c.derby (574103) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616535)

I thought this was last year... Or was there another meteor shower?

Re:Last year? (0)

looseBits (556537) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616555)

Well, you should always take a shower at least once a year.

Re:Last year? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616609)

As it says in the article, they miss forcasted the shower last year, but it is the same.

Re:Last year? (2, Informative)

ggram (62487) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616668)

I think they say this every year. "It's going to be good this year, don't miss it...", I've seen it the last 3 years and it is impressive, but hasn't been 40/min yet. Who knows, maybe this will finally be the year.

Re:Last year? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616839)

I saw one earlier this year (or last I think?) that was around 20-30/min. Pretty sweet, but too fucking cold out at the time to stick around for very long.

haha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616536)

i 0wnz u

Re:haha (0, Offtopic)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616572)

bah. liar. you merely hold a lease.

Re:haha (1)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616595)

ah never mind. the parent thread was deleted for stupidity. kill these two comments, too, please.

Re:haha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4617272)

Not deleted... Merely moderated to -1. Try changing your threshold and you'll see more than you ever imagined on Slashdot

Where is the site? (-1, Offtopic)

eruanno (598239) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616538)

Where on earth is the site? And what is he talking about not having to have OSes? They are the basic part of the computer. Well, not the most basic. A computer without an OS running a program is just a dedicated peice of (probably) embedded software, or something.

Re:Where is the site? (0, Offtopic)

eruanno (598239) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616554)

Whoops, wrong news item... How EARTH did that happen? My bad. Please delete!

The morning on November 19th (5, Informative)

Adam Rightmann (609216) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616539)

is the peak. A little detail that would have been better in the introductory text.

Re:The morning on November 19th (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616625)

Dude, Everyone knows that Michael is too busy sucking Taco's dick to read the article.

2cent joke (-1, Offtopic)

mirko (198274) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616540)

After the Red Star Leonid Brejnev fall, now it's the turn of the rest of the sky...

damn (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616549)

missed the fp by 5

How time flies! (4, Funny)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616557)

Has it been 33 years since the last one [googlism.com] already? And 66 years since the one before that [slashdot.org] ?

And damn, I'm pretty sharp to have caught this, since I'm pushing 90 now...

Re:How time flies! (1)

rosewood (99925) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616783)

I was wondering this myself :

How nice of you to tell us (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616560)

You know, not all of us live in the northern half of the US.

Those of us from the Carolinas on down don't get to see this show.

Re:How nice of you to tell us (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616644)

From the space.com site

Residents of Canada and Mexico will see this outburst, too.

Re:How nice of you to tell us (1)

phreaknb (611492) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616669)

Yes you do, look at the city list, New Orleans is listed. Too bad its a school night.

Now all I have to do... (3, Funny)

Botunda (621804) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616563)

Is get the hell away from NYC so I can see the sky fall.

What did you get for your birthday? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616567)

I'm getting a meteor shower =) (19 nov)

Rerun... (3, Informative)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616568)

approximately every 33 years the Leonid Meteor shower becomes a breathtaking meteor storm

That was sooo last year! [slashdot.org]

and it was pretty cool to watch while lying in the back of my pickup in the Mohave desert, hundreds of miles away from cloudy home!

Re:Rerun... (5, Informative)

chacha (166659) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616666)

The Leonids happen every year, but on some years, they're brighter and fall at a greater frequency. It all depends on exactly how Earth passes through the Leonid stream from Comet Temple-Tuttle, which passes near our orbit every 33 years. However, even if the comet isn't there, its dust trails from previous orbits still are, and the big Leonid years are the years when we'll be passing through a more recent trail. Last year was supposed to be a Big Year because we passed through 2 dust trails. If this year is anything at all like last year, it should be a heck of a sight...

Now, if only there weren't that pesky nearly-full moon at the same time.

Re:Rerun... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616815)

The Leonids happen every year, but on some years, they're brighter and fall at a greater frequency.

Known.

My favorite remains the Perseid, usually around Aug 12, every year. 1997 was a great year for it in central west coast USA. Last year's Leonid coincided with vacation, unfortunately not this year.

Re:Rerun... (1)

smoore (25406) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616924)

Last year was also more important because the moon didnt wash out the shower as it will this year.

full moon (2, Informative)

execom (598566) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616983)

Too bad, it will be during a full moon. Also a penumbral eclipse of the moon will be also viewed the very same day.

Last Leonid shower for donkeys' (5, Informative)

devnulljapan (316200) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616991)

But it looks like this will be the last Leonid shower for quite a while. [skyandtelescope.com]

As the comet Tempel-Tuttle approaches the Sun toward a May 2031 perihelion, it will pass within 1.5 a.u. of Jupiter in August 2029. This encounter will push the comet closer to the Sun and increase the distance between Earth's orbit and the comet's to 0.0162 a.u. -- their largest separation since 1733. Such a large gulf between the two orbits may preclude any substantial meteor activity for the year 2031, and for several years thereafter, when the next cycle of Leonid storms would normally be expected.

In examining this next Leonid cycle, McNaught has found three outlying dust trails that the Earth will approach in the years 2033 and 2034. "Unfortunately," he notes, "they are probably too distant for any reasonable chance of high activity."

There will be little improvement at the comet's subsequent return in 2065, for the separation between the orbits of the comet and the Earth will have diminished only slightly to 0.0146 a.u.

In 2098 the separation of the orbits shrinks to 0.0062 a.u. And in 2131, for the first time since 1633, the comet crosses our orbital plane slightly outside the Earth's orbit at a distance of 0.0089 a.u. Not until one, or both, of these remote years can our great grandchildren expect to witness a storm of Leonid meteors.

So get out there and see the damn thing. I'm in Northern Thailand, so not much hope for me :-(

Re:Last Leonid shower for donkeys' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4617182)

There will continue to be Leonid showers appearing annually. What we will not see for many years after this is a "storm."

earth push (1, Offtopic)

bumby (589283) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616571)

Hackers unite!
Push the earth so that it will spin faster,
so that I'll see the "rain" here in sweden too ;-P

On 3
1
2
3 PUUUSH

Re:earth push (1)

Dexter's Laboratory (608003) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616651)

http://www.space.com/spacewatch/leonids_lowdown_02 1101.html

Re:earth push (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616697)

Hackers unite!
Push the earth so that it will spin faster,
so that I'll see the "rain" here in sweden too ;-P

On 3
1
2
3 PUUUSH

Ok, that was Turnwise, right? Not widdershins, right?

Doh!

Re:earth push (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616707)

You'll be able to see the shower in sweeden too.
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/leonids_lowd own_02 1101.html#forecast

They even have a chart for Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.space.com/php/multimedia/imaged isplay/i mg_display.php?pic=Stockholm_lms2002.gif

Re:earth push (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4617056)

I've got room in my bed for 2 swedish women... I promise a great view.

I am the Pusher Robot!

Um, did i say last year? i meant THIS year! (5, Insightful)

Alcimedes (398213) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616574)

ha ha, i still remember how last year was going to be this great meteor shower, and it was going to be the biggest one in a hundred years.

so me, being a sucker, sat outside in the mountains and froze my can off waiting for the sky to light up like it was US vs. Iraq and got jack

well, it wasn't exactly jack, but it certainly wasn't like daylight. however i will say that it was still one of the coolest things i've ever seen, and by all accounts it was a minor one. if you have the chance i highly recommend watching these. if nothing else it's a nice quiet hour or two to appreciate that some of the best things in life have nothing to do with technology.

Re:Um, did i say last year? i meant THIS year! (2)

dalassa (204012) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616626)

I was impressed by how much I could see in my light pollution infested suburb last year. This year I'm can head out to an empty field in the midwest and get a better view.

Re:Um, did i say last year? i meant THIS year! (2)

CynicTheHedgehog (261139) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616723)

My astronomy teacher says that with the phase of the moon (nearly full) light pollution is almost irrelevant :T

Re:Um, did i say last year? i meant THIS year! (2)

dalassa (204012) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617084)

Possibly, but I live under a mall which blanks out half the night sky. A full moon might be a problem, but when you can't see Venus at its brightest under a new moon you have some problems.

Re:Um, did i say last year? i meant THIS year! (5, Funny)

stuffman64 (208233) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616706)

strange, last year's show was incredible, at least for me. I laid down in an empty field in central PA (about 10 minutes from Penn State - there are plenty of fields around here!) to watch the show. Early on, it was slow going, but there were many spectacular fireballs which seemed to come in a spectacular variety of colors. The pace picked up throughout the evening, and I recorded a total of 1,332 sightings in the hour between 4 and 5 AM local time.

Me, being the geek that I am, wrote a program for my TI-89 (with nothing but one of those red LED keychains) to keep track of button presses. This made it much easier to count than trying to keep track in my head.

The sad thing was, I was supposed to bring a hot chick with me to watch, but she must have figured out I was a Slashdot reader and she bailed on me. So, of course, I was all alone (as usual).

Re:Um, did i say last year? i meant THIS year! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616994)

hey! i wrote on of those programs for my calculator as well!

it was something like this:
1,+
then =,=,=,= to count up!

it was cool!

Re:Um, did i say last year? i meant THIS year! (5, Funny)

GlassUser (190787) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617093)

I brought a hot chick. I forgot to ask for one with a brain though. She spent the entire evening talking on the phone. I WISH she'd bailed.

Annoying Ad (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616578)

That page has one of the more annoying animated ads I've seen...

We have a problem Houston! (5, Funny)

twoslice (457793) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616587)

Look Skyward November 19 In The Early Morning Hours To Catch The Leonid Meteor Shower.

And just what! am I going to use to catch a Leonid meteor? and if I do, can I sell it on EBay without NASA busting me for selling a piece of space rock that they say belongs to them?

Re:We have a problem Houston! (5, Funny)

BabyDave (575083) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616849)

Just remember, if you do catch it, you owe everyone a taco ...

Re:We have a problem Houston! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616958)

Bravo. In case you didn't get the joke [spaceref.com]

What You Say? (1, Funny)

hikeran (561061) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616589)

Somebody set us up the Meteor shower!

Re:What You Say? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616872)

All your meteor are belong to us.

Forever Cloudy (5, Funny)

thehun101 (218731) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616605)

I have always wanted to watch the Leonid Meteor Shower, but unfortunately I live in Cleveland where we have two types of weather. Cloudy, and Cloudy with Rain.

Remind Us! (5, Funny)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616621)

I hope Slashdot is actually kind enough to remind us of this CLOSER to the date...

I'd hate to end up missing something like this and instead be out having meaningless sex...

Re:Remind Us! (5, Funny)

Repugnant_Shit (263651) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616660)

You're posting on slashdot so I don't think you'll have to worry about having meaningless sex ;)

Re:Remind Us! (2)

Captain Large Face (559804) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617068)

If you post on slashdot, you don't have to worry about any kind of sex, meaningless or otherwise.

Oh, hold on..

Re:Remind Us! (4, Funny)

flybrarian (533097) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616818)

That shouldn't be a problem. All the other stories get repeated, so why shouldn't this one?

Re:Remind Us! (2)

PunchMonkey (261983) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616824)

I'd hate to end up missing something like this and instead be out having meaningless sex...

Sounds like DarkHelmet's been having too much sex...

You need to get together with the boys and have a nice Molson Ex.

Have you had Ex today?

Re:Remind Us! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616866)

Don't *make* me take you outside and *not* have sex with you! One of the better advertising campaigns in recent memory.

Re:Remind Us! (2)

Ctrl-Z (28806) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617191)


It's all about balance.

Are you Insane? & H1B visa news. (0, Offtopic)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616987)

What, you don't have faith that /. will post this at least 3 more times before the event?

I mean, do you expect /. to post stories like this?

from the article.

"It is now official. On November 2, US President George Bush signed the department of justice Authorisation Bill which will make extension for H-1B visas easier.

It will also make it possible for more Indian doctors to live and work in the US once their academic programme is over.

The extension of H-1B visas will particularly benefit the IT sector. This is good news for Indian H-1B visa holders, as nearly 50% of them are working in the high-tech sector. "

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html /u ncomp/articleshow?artid=27499106

Re:Remind Us! (2)

Diabolical (2110) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617245)

I'd hate to end up missing something like this and instead be out having meaningless sex...

Can we switch places please? I would like to have meaningless sex instead of some meteorstorm which returns every 33 years... the chance of me having meaningless sex in the same period is much smaller...

I've heard... (2, Funny)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616638)

...that smashing head-first into a powered CRT monitor gives the same effect.

Gonna do it again (5, Informative)

r_j_prahad (309298) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616645)

Last year I went camping out in the Arizona desert to watch these. I'll be going back there again this year as well.

Something I discovered last year... if you plan on doing any time exposure photography, don't leave the shutter open for as long as you normally would for a night sky photo. I ended up with a lot of fogged prints because of the high occurence of super-bright meteoroids. You know the ones I mean, the kind you can almost read by, the ones that leave fluorescing smoke trails that seem to linger for five or ten seconds.

And too bad I get drug screened where I work, it could've been a "wow - bitchin'" night.

Re:Gonna do it again (2)

eyeball (17206) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616877)

Can you recommend any online resources for anyone that wants to attempt some time exposure photography, especially for a noob (such as myself)?

Thanks!

Re:Gonna do it again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616953)

Magic mushrooms are your friends. Halucinogenics break down and are already undetectable by the time the trip kicks in. Take a nice low dose and take it early enough so that the trip wears of before going to work the next day. No need to worry about what they've been cut with either.

Re:Gonna do it again (1)

HedRat (613308) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617230)

Last year the little Mrs and I loaded up a sleeping bag, bottle of wine, crackers and cheese and found a grassy hill far from the city. It was spectacular! We had to keep changing from 'missionary' to 'cowgirl' so could both enjoy the view.

Thats all well and good if you're in the south (1, Troll)

Astrorunner (316100) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616646)

Here on the frigid tundra that is north east Ohio, we have better things to do -- like keeping warm. Oh, and fucking. Lots and lots of fucking.

Re:Thats all well and good if you're in the south (4, Funny)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616713)

Oh, and fucking. Lots and lots of fucking.

Obviously, you are not part of the core \ . demographic.

Re:Thats all well and good if you're in the south (5, Funny)

hero (25043) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616714)

Oh boo hoo. I went to see last year's meteor shower and I'm up in northern Canada, we just brought lots of hot chocolate and we were fine, eh. Then one of the meteorites came flying down and landed in the field, it was still hot so we put some grass and wood on it and a huge bonfire to keep warm eh. Then the aliens came down and wanted their rock back so we had to give it to them, but they let us go without a probing, which was nice. Come to think of it, I think our hot chocolate's may have been a wee bit Irish. I like stories. Don't you like stories?

-hero.

Re:Thats all well and good if you're in the south (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616887)

Yeah, I like smoking pot with my friends too.

You're gonna get mooned... (5, Informative)

aiabx (36440) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616673)

Keep in mind this is two days before the full moon, so you're going to miss a lot of low magnitude meteors.
-aiabx

Re:You're gonna get mooned... (2)

rosewood (99925) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616852)

This would not be a problem if we would just blow up the moon like I have said time and time again!

Near Full Moon = Bright Sky (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616674)

= Decreased Change of Nookie.

Now if only our goodly president could get that bill passed to blow up the moon, we'd be in stargazin' heaven. And it might just flood Iraq. Hhmmm...

Early to rise (2)

octalgirl (580949) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616677)

I love these things, really I do. I always get exicited when I hear about the next comet or shower that can be easily seen without a telescope, and then I manage to sleep through it all. Even when I set the alarm, I just hit the button, then back to sleep. It says 5:30 peak, which is much better than 1 or 2 in the morning. Maybe this will be the time. I'll put the coffee on auto so there's a fresh pot waiting. I hope the weather is good for it. When things only happen once every 100, 70, or 33 years, it seems it should be witnessed by all.

Missing info (2)

Mattygfunk1 (596840) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616687)

Jacer cat got your tongue? (something important seems to be missing from your article submission ... like the date!)



Considering that you suggest that you are giving an "early warning" and suggesting that "It'd make for a long work or school day" that kind of information might be important.



BTW Nov. 19th if you didn't make it to the article.


----
katrina's galleries! [katrinagalleries.com]

Nearly Full Moon = Bright Sky (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616705)

= Decreased Chance of Nookie.

Now if only our goodly president could get that bill passed to blow up the moon, we'd be in stargazin' heaven. And it might just flood Iraq. Hhmmm...

spelling corrected, d'oh!

DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE METEOR SHOWER! (5, Funny)

Hayzeus (596826) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616722)

You'll be blinded, which will make you easy pickin's for the man-eating plants that will have sprouted by next morning. I mean, geez, doesn't anyone else here watch science documentaries?

Let's party!! (1)

colonwq (258221) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616728)

This does not happen often. Let's have big street parties, wear funny hats and have a great time. Of course the next day may be a little rough [imdb.com] .

Now or never! (5, Interesting)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616741)

This year's Leonid shower will be the last one for a long time to come! Earth won't pass through this comet trail for quite a while. The next probable year for a Leonid shower/storm is 2098, or maybe even 2131!

See this article [skyandtelescope.com] for explanation. The dates are on page 4.

But for this year, a great show is still expected. So if you have half an option to go outside for a while (say, Nov 19), do so!

Re:Now or never! (3, Informative)

derch (184205) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616960)

You're a little wrong. The Leonid shower happens every year. Typically, the shower is 10 an hour. This is the last year we will probably seen an amazing show of up to 1000 an hour.

And the Tempel-Tuttle comes every 1/3 of a century. That's 33 years. The next should be around 2033.

Re:Now or never! (3, Informative)

derch (184205) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617009)

My bad. Didn't see the 'Next Page' links at the bottom. On the 4th page, it's explained that the orbit of Tempel-Tuttle changes a little on it's next pass or two. We will probably miss the new trail.

However, there's a slight change we'll hit an old trail or two in 2033 or 2034.

This probably is the last chance till late this century for a Leonid storm. The Leonid shower still occurs every year, though.

Re:Now or never! (2)

tuxedo-steve (33545) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617188)

The next probable year for a Leonid shower/storm is 2098, or maybe even 2131!
Well gee, I'm pretty sure I'm going to miss this one, being in the southern hemisphere and all, so I sure do hope the next one is in 2098. I don't think I can wait until 2131!

American Literature Quiz -- Cormac McCarthy (4, Interesting)

Didion Sprague (615213) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616745)

Before modding this off-topic, read the whole post:

Quick, any fans of Cormac McCarthy out there?

What book of his set in the 19th century prominently features the Leonids in the first few paragraphs?

Answer: Blood Meridian.

Quite possibly the best American novel written in the second half of the 20th century. It's about a band of American mercenaries who go into Mexico to hunt up scalps for pay.

(It's also one of the eeriest and most violent American novels written -- heads getting lopped off, horses getting slaughtered, and a very weird, Ahab-like character called 'The Judge' presiding over everything.)

Anyway, the main character -- the Kid -- is born beneath the Leonids, and the infrequent meteor shower during the night of The Kid's birth makes for a very strange sense of forboding. That, and the fact that the Leonids come every 33 years -- very Christ-like, I suppose -- so the kid gets marked with this odd mixture of innocence, wisdom, and violence.

So I had no idea what the Leonids were, and after reading Blood Meridian, I thought it was something McCarthy made up. But a little research, of course, proved otherwise.

The strange thing about the Leonids -- and about the cycle of Halley's (sp?) comet (Mark Twain was born when the comet appeared, died when the comet next appeared) -- makes for some interesting moments in American literature.

My question -- finally get back on topic -- is this: when all these meteors are shooting through the sky, do they burn up in the atmosphere? Do some make it through? You'd think if there were that many, one or two would cause some serious damage.

Re:American Literature Quiz -- Cormac McCarthy (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616986)

when all these meteors are shooting through the sky, do they burn up in the atmosphere? Do some make it through? You'd think if there were that many, one or two would cause some serious damage.

They're dust man. the very largest are only the size of grains of sand. they're not getting throught the atmosphere.

Just like last year... (2)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616752)

It will be foggy again.

METEOAR SHOWAR IS NOT LIKE DIATNAKANA!! (-1, Troll)

John Romero (623194) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616758)

THIS GIVES MEH A GOODIE IDEAR FOR GAMESS! I CAN MAEK A PLAnET GAmE WITH MOSQUIOTOES AND METEORS!! AND YUO CAN HIT THEM WITH SWOARDS AND GUNZ!!! H4HAhA, BE BBACK IN A BBIT, I HAEV TO GO PLAYE COUNTRSTUKE!!

Satellites go bye bye? (0)

erixtark (413840) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616782)

I wonder what this bombardment of little rocks will do to all our precious satellites circling the earth?

Take a photo, it lasts longer (5, Informative)

Cecil (37810) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616814)

Seriously though, I know I plan on attempting to take some pictures this year, and hopefully something will turn out. For those of you complaining about a full moon, the moon doesn't rise until late in the night, which should give plenty of good photography time, particularly for those of us on the west coast.

If anyone else is interested in this sort of thing but isn't sure how to get started or what you need, this very good beginner's guide [luminous-landscape.com] makes for good reading.

Wait just one minute. (1)

pistaugh (316764) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616825)

First of all, how much is this going to cost to watch. Why do we have to go see a meteor shower anyway? It's just flying rocks right? Can't we all just hang at the quarry and have a rock throwing fight?

It'd be a damn sight cheaper, I bet.

Re:Wait just one minute. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4616912)

First of all, how much is this going to cost to watch. Why do we have to go see a meteor shower anyway? It's just flying rocks right? Can't we all just hang at the quarry and have a rock throwing fight?

It'd be a damn sight cheaper, I bet.


Rocks don't light up, and they have a lower total-cost-of-ownership than meteor showers, which are open source.

(And to those who feel like citing the older slashdot story about Open Source being more expensive in the long run, don't bother, you damn geek.)

Meteors will crash! (2, Funny)

racerx509 (204322) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616862)

One of those meteors will crash to earth and some invisible phantoms are going to emerge from it. They will ravage the earth for 35 years, people will seek refuge in "barrier cities" until a nicely animated, girl with hair from a shampoo ad saves us all. I read about it here [calendarlive.com]

Digital Camera Tip: (3, Informative)

Manhigh (148034) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616890)

Last year was the first year I tried using my digital camera (Olympus C3000) to catch the show, leaving the shutter open for up to 16 seconds.

What I didnt know is that CCD's have a transient response to temperature. Make sure to get out early and allow your camera time to acclimate to the temperature. Otherwise youll get very speckled photos.

Obligatory tips for first timers :-) (5, Informative)

Pat__ (26992) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616945)

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 Leo
- Do NOT concentrate at the spot where they will come from (Leo) rather about 40 degrees away, as odd as this may seem, the shooting stars around Leo won't leave a long trail (they will be coming towards you ) and you won't be seing much.

See, I have the exact opposite problem... (2)

mbourgon (186257) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616978)

I've gone out looking for the Leonids for 4 years now. Unless I'm willing to drive several hours from where I live, I'm screwed. And each year they hype this thing more and more. Wasn't last year supposed to be amazing because of some other asteroid thingie? And the year before that... _that_ was supposed to be huge. Oh, and wait, the one before _that_ was supposed to be momentous. Damn nerd hype.

The ads of fog (3, Funny)

DeadBugs (546475) | more than 11 years ago | (#4616999)

I went to the Space.com website and most of the page was obscured by pop-up ads. Sadly this made me remember that last year I got up at 4 a.m. to watch the show and was greeted with thick fog.

Humidity and Visibility (3, Interesting)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617023)

I know that this was a problem when I went out to view a storm this past summer; I couldn't see anything because of the haze.

The Space.com article mentions that costal dwellers (yup, that's me) move inland.

My question is how much difference will it make when it's November? For the last leonid shower, I watched it out at Sandbridge (rather remote part of Va. Beach), and didn't have problems with the haze. Biggest problems were the cold (we didn't have the bottle of Jagermeister to warm us up like the VCU studends who shared the dune with us), and some clouds.

Would I be better off going inland, really, than to say, the Outer Banks?

Armagh Observatory 2002 plots (3, Informative)

sakusha (441986) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617114)

Check these out:

http://www.arm.ac.uk/leonid/dust2002.html

Looks like we are in line with the dust trails from the famous 1767 and 1866 showers, when "meteors fell like rain." So there's a tiny chance it could be a shower of historic proportions. And of course the computer model for this prediction is experimental, the shower can (and probably will) turn out to be a dud. But ooh that one chance in a million that it could be a shower they're still talking about 200 years from now..

Dang clouds.. (1)

DJ Rubbie (621940) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617218)

This time last year I remember I stayed up doing my assignment, but didn't get to see any showers because a) I was indoors, b) I was in the city, and c) it was cloudy. Actually you should be able to see it in the city, and you might be able to see clouds glow from occational exploding meteors periodically from a dark location (like 150km away from city lights.. yes there were reports this happened), but not when all three factors are against you. Just hope this year wouldn't be as dissapointing as last year in terms of weather and hope it will be another great show!

Triffids!!!!! (2)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 11 years ago | (#4617303)

Watch out for strange man eating plants!!!!
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