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Strong Quadrantid Meteor Shower, One of 2012's Best, Peaks Wednesday (Right Now 3 AM Central)
http://www.space.com/ ^ | Date: 03 January 2012 Time: 08:06 AM ET | by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist

Posted on 01/04/2012 1:57:19 AM PST by Yosemitest



TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; meteor; meteors; quadrantid; quadrantids; shootingstar; stargazing
Go outside now and watch it.
1 posted on 01/04/2012 1:57:30 AM PST by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest
NASA Marshall (Huntsville) is live-streaming their all-sky camera, presently trained on one radiant, here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc

2 posted on 01/04/2012 2:21:59 AM PST by Prospero
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To: Yosemitest
Watch
3 posted on 01/04/2012 2:22:50 AM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis

space ping


4 posted on 01/04/2012 2:25:02 AM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Ezekiel

ping — beautiful clear skies in SE w/record cold


5 posted on 01/04/2012 2:32:17 AM PST by cyn
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Here's a better link NASA MSFC.


6 posted on 01/04/2012 2:38:41 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Yosemitest

I got to see one. It was a beautiful long streak. About the only nice thing about getting out in the freezing cold and walking the dogs at 4:30.


7 posted on 01/04/2012 2:41:36 AM PST by brooklin
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To: brooklin
I went outside before I started this thread and counted 15 within 10 minutes.
But it sure is cold, 24.5 F.
8 posted on 01/04/2012 2:44:59 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Yosemitest

Tried to get some pictures. Darn near froze my a$$ off.
Went until all the batteries gave out, no idea if I got anything, I’ll have to check the data later. Saw some nice low and slow ones.


9 posted on 01/04/2012 3:08:04 AM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: MAexile

Went out, too cold for me @ 21 deg. F. Ended up just getting the paper.


10 posted on 01/04/2012 3:17:35 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Don’t miss it - bundle up - meteor showers are spectacular!

I go out every Aug. for the Perseids.
Some years are better than others.


11 posted on 01/04/2012 3:27:50 AM PST by USARightSide ( SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS)
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To: USARightSide

I missed this one, getting light here. Will go for the next.

To really have a good sky, I have to drive about 10 minutes out of town. I caught a real meteor shower a few years ago after driving to the country, and I will never forget that one. It was in August with no moon. The tv news the next am reported it fizzled and did not meet expectations (when viewed within the city, lol). For me, it was the meteor shower of my lifetime. I saw at least a 100; fireballs, splitting meteors etc. Spent an hour observing, and this one event made all the no shows worthwhile.


12 posted on 01/04/2012 3:43:40 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: The_Media_never_lie

‘I caught a real meteor shower a few years ago_________’

I should really get away from the street lights, etc., and go somewhere more dark.
And yet I have seen neat stuff both from back and front (small) yards, in Aug.

Like you said - one great meteor show can make the no-shows worthwhile.

All this going on overhead, and most are unaware!

Off to bed!


13 posted on 01/04/2012 4:06:23 AM PST by USARightSide ( SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS)
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To: Yosemitest

no show here in Texas.

Two no shows from Texas in one night.


14 posted on 01/04/2012 4:51:01 AM PST by hadaclueonce (scrap copper is more than $3.00 a pound. wind generators are full of copper)
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To: Captain Beyond; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks Captain Beyond.




15 posted on 01/04/2012 6:55:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Is it just me, or does it seem that all of the coolest things like this happen at the most insane hours of the night. It can’t be at 9:30 or 10:00. It always has to be like an hour or two before Sunrise or something crazy.


16 posted on 01/04/2012 7:01:59 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks Captain Beyond.

An ‘extra extra’ ping to the APoD list.


17 posted on 01/04/2012 7:06:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: KoRn; SunkenCiv

I don’t know. I don’t think I want to see fireballs or the likes in the daytime sky. I’m not limber enough anymore to be able to kiss my ass goodbye.


18 posted on 01/04/2012 7:13:25 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: KoRn

Most nights one can lie out under the stars and observe incoming space debris; these showers are just a bit more frequent, at least one streak a minute. True storms of meteors have been observed from time to time, a few times a century, and the rates are perhaps four or five a minute. Even those are related to annual showers, and have from time to time seem to have been the swan song of some well-known ones.

There’s also the matter of the location of the Sun on visibility. The sky has to be quite dark to observe most streakers. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a daylight meteor, it was quite a display, during the summer of 2002. It was large enough to appear to be actually tumbling, and was throwing off pieces of itself. I never heard of any parts touching down, nor do I know the distance at the time (iow, whether it was picked up on radar), but I and the others present lost sight of it behind the nearby trees.

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

[snip] The peak intensity is exceedingly sharp: the meteor rates exceed one-half of their highest value for only about 8 hours (compared to two days for the August Perseids). This means that the stream of particles that produces this shower is narrow — and apparently deriving from and within the last 500 years from some orbiting body.[1] The parent body of the Quadrantids was recently tentatively identified (in a paper by Peter Jenniskens) as the minor planet 2003 EH1, which in turn may be the same object as the comet C/1490 Y1 [2] which was observed by Chinese, Japanese and Korean astronomers 500 years ago. [snip]


19 posted on 01/04/2012 7:24:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: bigheadfred

;')
Rain of Iron and Ice
by John S. Lewis
On November 27,1919, a meteorite fell into Lake Michigan near the Michigan shore. "Residents of Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, South Bend, Grand Haven, and other Western Michigan cities fled from their homes in panic, fearing an earthquake. Houses were shaken, the country was illuminated as by a bright sun's rays, so all-enveloping it was impossible to tell from which direction the flare came, the earth trembled for half a moment and then came a deep prolonged rumbling as of a terrific explosion." (p 159)

20 posted on 01/04/2012 8:21:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m easy to amuse. I sometimes enjoy looking out on a clear night just to see satellites passing over. It’s amazing how many there are. The sky is full of them!


21 posted on 01/04/2012 9:55:12 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn; SunkenCiv

Rats!Rats!Rats!
It’s not just you, KR. Additionally, there’s a lot of cloud cover where we live that obscures heavenly events here. Love the greenery but keep missing these things.


22 posted on 01/05/2012 5:31:10 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: bigheadfred

“I don’t think I want to see fireballs or the likes in the daytime sky.” Vigorous concurral.


23 posted on 01/05/2012 5:32:56 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Yosemitest

During the summer of 1981 I was living in Yosemite. My friend and I went into the field next to the Awanhee Hotel to watch the shooting stars. It was a magnificent show that I will never forget.

I will also never forget that that was the first and only time that a deer stepped on my head.


24 posted on 01/05/2012 7:34:42 AM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (When your friends are fat there are no seesaws, only catapults.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

About 30 minutes ago I saw a quick red burn low on the horizon. Anyone else happen to see that?


25 posted on 01/05/2012 6:09:59 PM PST by TBall
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
Deer's hooves are sharp. That could have been a nasty cut, and very dangerous.
Sounds like an interesting story, and a long way from first aid.
26 posted on 01/05/2012 11:29:09 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Yosemitest
There was a nice one spotted in the South Plains of Texas; the fireball traveled across this area and into western Oklahoma. There is video of the fireball on this page (about halfway down the page.)
27 posted on 02/01/2012 7:57:07 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: hadaclueonce

We had a nice one in the Lubbock area.


28 posted on 02/01/2012 7:58:22 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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