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Meteor Shower over North America a Dud (Camelopadalids)
NDTV.com ^ | 24MAY2014 | Staff Writer

Posted on 05/24/2014 10:56:17 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine

Cape Town: Astronomers and amateur sky watchers across North America went to bed early Saturday disappointed by a meteor shower hyped as "potentially spectacular" that, in the end, was a dud.

The US Naval Observatory described the Camelopardalids meteor shower on Friday as a "potentially spectacular show," but that potential was never fulfilled.

The meteor shower could be seen by people in the United States, Canada and Mexico starting around 0230 GMT Saturday, according to NASA.

A weak showing, combined with passing clouds and light pollution from towns and cities, conspired to turn what many hoped would be a light show extravaganza into a sleepless night of stargazing punctuated by occasional streaks of light.

The best photos posted online on sites like Flickr, including those from NASA, show a sky lit with stars with occasional streaks of light.

NASA had a live feed camera pointed towards the sky, but despite the site's upbeat music there was little to see.

The #Camelopardalis were a bust," read a posting on Twitter. "From 12:45am-4:30am EDT: 12 small faint ones, 1 bright one, & 1 sporadic. I stayed up for this?"

One Twitter user wrote: "#Camelopardalis. More like #Cantopenmyeyelinds when my alarm goes off at 8 am."

In their defense, astronomers weren't entirely sure what to expect from a comet they only discovered in 2004.

"Meteor showers are like the weather. They are a little bit hard to predict," said Paul Wiegert, associate professor at the University of Western Ontario.

This meteor shower originates from the trail of dust behind a small, dim comet known as 209P/Linear. The debris gets tugged into Earth's orbit this year by the force of gravity from Jupiter.

Meteor showers consist of space rocks that burn up upon hitting the top of Earth's atmosphere, producing a bright flash of light that gives the appearance of a falling star.

A key piece of this meteor shower mystery lies in the ancient trail of dust behind the comet, which was produced centuries ago.

Initial predictions were that a few hundred meteors would be visible per hour, or a few meteors per minute -- "not a special-effects extravaganza ... but it is in line with many of the strong annual meteor showers," Wiegert told AFP.

The annual Perseids meteor show that lasts for several days in August is made up of shooting stars that barrel by at a pace of 150,000 miles (241,000 kilometers) per hour.

The Camelopardalids meteors moved slower, traveling at around 36,000 miles (58,000 kilometers) per hour, Cooke said.

The show did not impress "Space Junkie," who wote on Twitter: dear #Camelopardalis ... thanks for the meteor-less yawn factory. take notes from the #persedis this july."

Astronomers flew in from Europe to observe the skies from a remote astronomy base in Saskatchewan, Canada, Cooke said, while others traveled to the US southwest where the forecast was for clear weather.


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1 posted on 05/24/2014 10:56:17 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I fell for this and stayed up late last night and into the early morning. Didn’t see ONE meteor which is unusual for Arizona. LOL! These “scientists” need to stick to telling us about how bad “global warming” is going to be.


2 posted on 05/24/2014 11:00:02 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I was watching the video right up until the starting time.

I fell asleep about 30 minutes into the max, without seeing even one shooting star.

Granted that was via the internet view, but what a less than exciting event.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 11:00:46 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Camelopardalids meteors

I dunno, but for some reason "cameltoe" comes to mind ...

4 posted on 05/24/2014 11:01:46 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I was going to look, but it was too cloudy here.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 11:02:47 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I am glad that the skies were overcast in the Denver area. Every time they hype the biggest and best-est ever it’s always a bust.


6 posted on 05/24/2014 11:04:41 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Jack Hydrazine

My husband and I, (Phx, AZ) went out at about 10:20pm, they said we’d be able to see it about 10:30. I figure shooting stars show up fashionably early.

They touted this event in the news several times as going to be big big big...

Stayed out there on our lawn chairs till about midnight, drank champagne. That was the only event of the eve.

Not ONE sighting.


7 posted on 05/24/2014 11:07:28 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Cloud Out ,here


8 posted on 05/24/2014 11:07:46 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The only thing I got out of watching the sky last night is a sore neck.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 11:09:16 AM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad (When you´re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I sat out at 3AM for over an hour. Nice clear skies.
Saw 3.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 11:11:33 AM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: BulletBobCo

Just like the way they hype movies!


11 posted on 05/24/2014 11:12:33 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Was up until a little after 4AM...other than seeing the International Space Station around 3:30...it was lame.

Best ever display was(years ago)viewing the Perseid meteor shower out in the Mojave desert.

Last night was like waiting for The Great Pumpkin : )

12 posted on 05/24/2014 11:13:25 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Maybe global warming scared the meteors away? LOL!


13 posted on 05/24/2014 11:13:33 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

My favorites are the Perseids and the Leonids.


14 posted on 05/24/2014 11:14:17 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Ken522

That’s quite a leap of association, from the stratosphere to the bedroom!


15 posted on 05/24/2014 11:15:12 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: Jack Hydrazine
It was kind of like this.
16 posted on 05/24/2014 11:15:21 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Figured as much. I was going to try to stay up, but decided on bed instead. Looks like I made the right choice.


17 posted on 05/24/2014 11:16:49 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I counted about 10/hour from 1-3am, and went to sleep.

Listening to the meteor radar this morning about 1 hour after sunrise there were hundreds of pings per hour till about 11am.

So, the forecast was early. Might be worth a look tonight from sunset on.


18 posted on 05/24/2014 11:17:12 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Jack Hydrazine

LOL!


19 posted on 05/24/2014 11:18:35 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

To be fair, it was reporters who ginned up the story, which is typical. All of the astronomy sites I looked at said it was very questionable.


20 posted on 05/24/2014 11:18:41 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

“Listening” to Meteors – Radio Detection
http://www.meteorwatch.org/science-observing/listening-to-meteors-radio-detection/

Live audio feed with instructions.
http://topaz.streamguys.tv/~spaceweather/

THE MSFC ONLINE METEOR RADAR
(two audio streams here.)
http://www.spaceweather.com/glossary/nasameteorradar.html


21 posted on 05/24/2014 11:21:25 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

ROFLMAO!


22 posted on 05/24/2014 11:23:16 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Settled science.


23 posted on 05/24/2014 11:23:24 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

Listening to it right now and they are still coming in.


24 posted on 05/24/2014 11:24:23 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
It's settled. Lips are zipped!
25 posted on 05/24/2014 11:26:24 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Came’n’leftwhatadud’s


26 posted on 05/24/2014 11:26:32 AM PDT by mikrofon (Astronomy BUMP)
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To: mikrofon

LOL!


27 posted on 05/24/2014 11:27:05 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Nothing on the Big Island, and it was a beautiful, star-studded night.


28 posted on 05/24/2014 11:27:22 AM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“Meteor showers are like the weather. They are a little bit hard to predict,” said Paul Wiegert, associate professor at the University of Western Ontario.

What? The Global Warmists can predict things a century in advance.


29 posted on 05/24/2014 11:29:11 AM PDT by bobo1 (progressives=commies/fascists)
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One Twitter user wrote: "#Camelopardalis. More like #Cantopenmyeyelinds when my alarm goes off at 8 am."

Plagiarist ;)

30 posted on 05/24/2014 11:33:18 AM PDT by mikrofon (Astronomy BUMP)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

We had cloudy, overcast skies with rain showers, so there was nothing for us to miss. I’d rather have the rain. However, I was going to set up the telescope to watch meteorites hitting the moon.


31 posted on 05/24/2014 11:54:28 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Star Traveler
I was going to look, but it was too cloudy here.

I went out to look and, instead, saw something I found to be *far* more spectacular...a dark back yard filled with countless fireflies. (I just moved back to West TN after having lived in other parts of the country for the past 30 years - I figured it was time to get away from the city).

32 posted on 05/24/2014 12:01:30 PM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: The Duke

Oh ... that’s where all the fireflies went. I’ve been wondering since there are a lot fewer than when I was a kid.


33 posted on 05/24/2014 12:03:01 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: pallis

Cloudy and cool in my location, too!


34 posted on 05/24/2014 12:03:20 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

lol


35 posted on 05/24/2014 12:15:52 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

If you like your meteor showers you can keep your meteor showers...period!


36 posted on 05/24/2014 12:19:40 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

LOL!


37 posted on 05/24/2014 12:20:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It was global warming that ruined it.


38 posted on 05/24/2014 12:21:12 PM PDT by StevieRay20
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To: pallis

I was looking for on-line reports of lunar meteorite impacts associated w/ this shower, but didn’t find much.

Some prior articles stated that the Moon’s waning crescent phase would make it favorable for these events, but it seemed to me that a waxing crescent phase —just after New— would be better, where the leading (visible) Terminator was plowing into the stream...


39 posted on 05/24/2014 12:41:29 PM PDT by mikrofon (Astronomy BUMP)
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To: Zuse

I did see one that was definitely not sporadic and part of the shower, falling under Polaris, at least -1 magninude, and left a train. I MAY have seen another one, that was a bright spot of light that brightened then dimmed. This is a fairly rare event, because that type of meteor is basically aligned right at you! But, generally the thing was generally a complete dud.

I blame this on myself. Conditions were perfect. Had it been cloudy here, or had I NOT looked for them, it would have been spectacular, a once-in-200 years event...:)


40 posted on 05/24/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Zuse

Using a night vision monocular I saw many little, faint streaks. Not one exciting one via unaided eye. I stayed out from 1:30 EST to 4AM. What a dud.


41 posted on 05/24/2014 1:00:31 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: The Duke

a dark back yard filled with countless fireflies.
Miniature meteors.....

Fireflies in Forest, Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
http://www.artinnaturephotography.com/images/large/L-fireflies-smoky-mountains-forest-20130611_1082.jpg


42 posted on 05/24/2014 1:45:34 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Same thing here in north cental Ohio.I went out at 3AM,spent 30 minutes looking-saw nothing.


43 posted on 05/24/2014 2:38:54 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: pallis

It was a lot like watching wine age....but less fun.


44 posted on 05/24/2014 2:40:54 PM PDT by montaine
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To: montaine

What did we learn? Never, never trust an astronomer. I bet they beat their children too.


45 posted on 05/24/2014 2:44:42 PM PDT by montaine
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; dayglored; ...

Hey, it’s just gettin’ started. :’) It’s really a matter of timing, and comets don’t shed uniformly during their transits. Some of the named annual showers in the mid-19th century were spectacular, and people awaited them, until one year they basically didn’t show up. There was barely a peep out of them until well into the 20th century. Thanks Jack Hydrazine, extra to APoD.


46 posted on 05/24/2014 6:40:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Comet to pass by Earth closely after meteor shower
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/24/us/meteor-shower/


47 posted on 05/24/2014 6:41:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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view the comet online:

http://live.slooh.com/


48 posted on 05/24/2014 6:45:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
I saw one last night early but wasn't going to stay up all night.

BTW the ISS Earth viewer is sending back some great photos.

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49 posted on 05/24/2014 6:50:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Cool! Do you have a link where we can watch it live?


50 posted on 05/24/2014 7:04:12 PM PDT by Ken H
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