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New Meteor Shower on Earth and the Moon
Spaceweather.com ^ | 5/21/14 | Dr. Tony Phillips

Posted on 05/21/2014 8:56:22 AM PDT by messierhunter

Anticipation is building as Earth approaches a cloud of debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR. This weekend, meteoroids hitting Earth's atmosphere could produce a never-before-seen shower called the "May Camelopardalids" peaking with as many as 200 meteors per hour.

Earth won't be the only body passing through the debris zone. The Moon will be, too. Meteoroids hitting the lunar surface could produce explosions visible through backyard telescopes on Earth.
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According to NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, the best time for amateur astronomers to scan the Moon for lunar meteors is after 0800 UT (4 a.m. EDT) on May 24th.

(Excerpt) Read more at spaceweather.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 209p; meteorshower; space
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I have been planning to monitor for lunar impacts myself on Saturday morning during the meteor shower's predicted peak. Providing the weather is clear, I'll be hosting a webcast observing the moon for lunar impacts starting around 4 am eastern time on Saturday morning. You can watch the webcast live on my channel:

http://www.youtube.com/messierhunter
1 posted on 05/21/2014 8:56:22 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

I am planning to head out beyond the city lights to see what may happen.

Hope for clear skies.


2 posted on 05/21/2014 8:59:46 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: messierhunter

I hope there will be images of those impacts


3 posted on 05/21/2014 9:01:51 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: messierhunter

4 posted on 05/21/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: GeronL

If I catch any I’ll certainly grab frames from the video for still images.


5 posted on 05/21/2014 9:05:38 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: SpinnerWebb

I am in an area of soviet Red Hampshire that is darn near pitch black at night...now if the weather cooperates...


6 posted on 05/21/2014 9:08:57 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: messierhunter

And we came up with this complicated and obtuse name how?

Camelblablatoids? Really?


7 posted on 05/21/2014 9:29:31 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: messierhunter

Visible lunar impacts?

LOL, talk about downplaying an extraordinary and potentially catastrophically dangerous situation!

“Please move casually out the exits onto the plane wings, and bring your seat cushions to use as a personal floatation device that you might find useful after your egress...”


8 posted on 05/21/2014 9:34:18 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SpinnerWebb

I’m in Northern Ohio. 1 in 10 chance of clear skies!


9 posted on 05/21/2014 9:35:30 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SpinnerWebb
I am planning to head out beyond the city lights to see what may happen.

Not much luck of that here in Michigan.

Howver, I've pheasant hunted in the NW corner of Kansas, staying in a small farm house and I had never before seen such a pitch black night sky literally lit up with a zillion stars.....those nights were incredible

10 posted on 05/21/2014 9:39:28 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: messierhunter

Was lounging on the couch watching TV last night when I saw a very bright blue-green meteor streak across the sky through the window. Very cool sight.


11 posted on 05/21/2014 9:41:55 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Adder
It's the name of the constellation that will appear at the center of the shower.

Camelopardalis.

-PJ

12 posted on 05/21/2014 9:42:06 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Adder

“... name is derived from early Rome, where it was thought of as a composite creature, described as having characteristics of both a camel and a leopard. Nowadays we call such a creature a giraffe!”


13 posted on 05/21/2014 9:44:17 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: rjsimmon

I remember that movie. So bad it was good.


14 posted on 05/21/2014 9:45:17 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: All

Anyone know the time the meteor shower will be visible with the naked eye in the eastern US??? (North Carolina)


15 posted on 05/21/2014 9:46:23 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: IYAS9YAS

Daddy would have got us Uzis...


16 posted on 05/21/2014 9:52:38 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: Islander7

How’d you get it to go through the window? :)


17 posted on 05/21/2014 9:57:44 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: messierhunter

GREAT! I’m going to be on the farm (35 miles from town) to view the festivities. Any chance that you will make a highlight reel available later?


18 posted on 05/21/2014 10:00:39 AM PDT by Stegall Tx (Whoops! Back to teaching for another year.)
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To: messierhunter

NW North Carolina Mountains . . . I’m on it ! !

Snoot ;o)


19 posted on 05/21/2014 10:13:54 AM PDT by snooter55 (People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do)
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To: Talisker

It’s not dangerous, it’s a meteor shower. We get meteor showers all the time. Even meteor storms are not unprecedented. And yes, many lunar impacts have been observed before, including during meteor showers. This particular shower, if it goes off, is timed extremely well to be able to observe any potential lunar impacts. Since the moon has no atmosphere to speak of, small meteoroids that would burn up as fireballs in our atmosphere make small momentary flashes directly on the moon’s surface instead.


20 posted on 05/21/2014 10:18:04 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: Stegall Tx

If I get anything I definitely will.


21 posted on 05/21/2014 10:18:50 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the meteor itself was quite a let down. Hopefully the meteor shower will not match that let down.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 10:39:24 AM PDT by sevinufnine (A moderately bad man knows he is not very good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he's alright. C.S. Lewis)
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To: Boonie

Looks like it’s 4AM.


23 posted on 05/21/2014 10:42:56 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Bigg Red

Thanks.....


24 posted on 05/21/2014 10:47:03 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: rjsimmon

25 posted on 05/21/2014 10:53:10 AM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: messierhunter

thanks


26 posted on 05/21/2014 11:08:51 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: messierhunter

Won’t the moon be below the horizon when the shower is expected?


27 posted on 05/21/2014 11:17:31 AM PDT by adaven
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To: adaven
Depends where you live. Try this.

Since nobody has ever heard of Camelopardalis, here's a cheat sheet.


28 posted on 05/21/2014 11:32:47 AM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: Boonie

@ to 4 AM on Saturday morning.


29 posted on 05/21/2014 11:56:01 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: messierhunter

There are a few rather large chunks in this mass of debris that could make surface impact though ...


30 posted on 05/21/2014 11:57:11 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: Adder

Looks like “Muslim outreach” to me.


31 posted on 05/21/2014 11:58:15 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Adder
My 1848 Ackerman's Natural History shows a picture of a cameleopard--commonly known as a giraffe today.

Who knows when the constellation was named? But it is likely the meteor shower will be present in that part of the sky.

Ackerman antedates Origin of Species...

32 posted on 05/21/2014 12:02:11 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: null and void

Loved that line.


33 posted on 05/21/2014 12:07:55 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: messierhunter
And yes, many lunar impacts have been observed before, including during meteor showers.

No, and No.

34 posted on 05/21/2014 12:17:21 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: messierhunter
A few things to look at and consider:
35 posted on 05/21/2014 12:31:28 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: messierhunter
Guess I'll be dragging out the old refractor.
36 posted on 05/21/2014 12:39:29 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: MHGinTN

Uh, proof?


37 posted on 05/21/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: Talisker

Yes, and yes.
http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/02sep_lunarperseids/


38 posted on 05/21/2014 1:09:49 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: Yosemitest

Yes, I discuss the changing orbit of 209P at about 15 minutes into this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kcuxcn9BYE


39 posted on 05/21/2014 1:17:40 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: The Cajun

Any excuse to enjoy astronomy is a good excuse. Don’t forget to try to observe the meteor shower by naked eye as well, it will be peaking shortly before 4 am.


40 posted on 05/21/2014 1:18:39 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter
I watched it when you first showed it to me, and I recommend it.
It's good work.
41 posted on 05/21/2014 1:45:56 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Thanks!


42 posted on 05/21/2014 1:48:43 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: MrB

Meteors pouring out of constellation cameltoe...

Might be worth a look-see...


43 posted on 05/21/2014 3:34:00 PM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: messierhunter

bttt


44 posted on 05/21/2014 4:15:46 PM PDT by Pagey (HELL is The 2nd Term of a POTUS who uses the terms “social justice” and “fair distribution".)
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To: messierhunter
Any excuse to enjoy astronomy is a good excuse.

Hope it's like the Leonids I had the good fortune to witness 48 years ago.

There were probably a 1000 or better per minute right before dawn.

A truly amazing spectacle, never saw anything like it since.
The sky was nearly totally yellow/green meteors from my vantage point in south Louisiana.

45 posted on 05/21/2014 4:15:57 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: messierhunter

It IS good work, and would have been better received on Youtube if you had not been so ego needy and sarcastic.


46 posted on 05/21/2014 4:31:09 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: MHGinTN

I don’t care how it’s received on youtube, I created it as information to be posted where needed. I didn’t even make it public; no need to give BPearthwatch more attention than he already has. You can take the information and free webcasts I provide, or leave them, makes no difference to me.


47 posted on 05/21/2014 5:08:51 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

Clear skies are forecast for my hideout on Saturday night.


48 posted on 05/21/2014 5:17:34 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Rebelbase

Forecast is clear for my location too, at the moment. Hoping it pans out!


49 posted on 05/21/2014 6:15:47 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: messierhunter

Seems like most “astronomical events” happen during cloudy periods here. This one looks like it will no exception. I’m so bummed!


50 posted on 05/21/2014 6:21:32 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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