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  • Perseid meteor shower

    08/11/2016 5:42:48 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 46 replies
    Best viewing Thursday and Friday nights.
  • Meteor shower visible late Thursday night

    08/11/2016 10:06:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Ted Forte, Huachuca Astronomy Club
    Meteor showers are associated with streams of debris left behind by comets. The Perseids are dust bits from Comet Swift-Tuttle and are famous for creating bright fireballs and elevated meteor activity for nearly two weeks in mid-August. This year it is predicted the shower will peak on the overnight of Thursday, Aug. 11, to Friday, Aug. 12. It is predicted to be twice the usual intensity. That’s because Earth will pass through the center of the debris stream rather than the grazing encounter we experience in most years. The display should be well worth the loss of a few hours’...
  • Scientists gear up to drill into ‘ground zero’ of the impact that killed the dinosaurs

    03/06/2016 8:35:56 PM PST · by Utilizer · 59 replies
    Science mag online ^ | Mar. 3, 2016 , 2:00 PM | Eric Hand
    This month, a drilling platform will rise in the Gulf of Mexico, but it won’t be aiming for oil. Scientists will try to sink a diamond-tipped bit into the heart of Chicxulub crater—the buried remnant of the asteroid impact 66 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, along with most other life on the planet. They hope that the retrieved rock cores will contain clues to how life came back in the wake of the cataclysm, and whether the crater itself could have been a home for novel microbial life. And by drilling into a circular ridge inside the...
  • Man records dazzling early morning UFO's flying over Homestead, Florida

    02/18/2016 5:11:39 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 76 replies
    NTEB ^ | 2/18/2016 | Geoffrey Grider
    John Shannon, who lives in Homestead, Florida, was leaving his house on February 11th to go to work. At 5:55AM, the morning sky was still black, and when he looked up he saw an amazing sight. As you can see in the video, it starts out like a beautiful falling meteor shower and then becomes something completely different. Very, very different.
  • The Perseid Meteor Shower Is About To Peak. Here's How To Watch

    08/12/2015 5:41:49 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 54 replies
    NPR ^ | August 12, 2015 | By Sam Sanders
    Set your alarm clocks. The Perseid meteor shower, the annual celestial lightshow that com calls the most widely observed and dependable meteor display of the year, will peak tonight and early tomorrow morning. NASA says this year's show promises to be more spectacular than usual. "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids or December's Geminids," according to the space agency. "The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower." And Jupiter's positioning this year will make for even better viewing,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Leonids Above Torre de la Guaita [1999]

    11/16/2014 3:33:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | November 16, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Leonids Meteor Shower came to an impressive crescendo in 1999. Observers in Europe saw a sharp peak in the number of meteors visible around 0210 UTC during the early morning hours of November 18. Meteor counts then exceeded 1000 per hour - the minimum needed to define a true meteor storm. At other times and from other locations around the world, observers typically reported respectable rates of between 30 and 100 meteors per hour. This photograph is a 20-minute exposure ending just before the main Leonids peak began. Visible are at least five Leonid meteors streaking high above the...
  • What Would Happen If A Giant Tsunami Hit Florida?

    03/29/2014 5:56:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 109 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 29, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Can you imagine the devastation that would be caused if a massive wall of water several hundred feet high slammed into Florida at more than 100 miles an hour? To many people such a scenario is impossible, but that is what people living along the Indian Ocean thought before the 2004 tsunami and that is what people living in Japan thought before the 2011 tsunami. Throughout history, giant tsunamis have been relatively rare events, but they do happen. Scientists tell us that a mega-tsunami can race across the open ocean at up to 500 miles an hour, and when they...

    02/27/2014 5:19:00 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 107 replies
    many different sources | Feb 27, 2014 | Yosemitest
    John Bochanski wrote an article tilted The Next New Meteor Shower,Astronomers confirm that debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR should create a sky show on May 24, 2014 on November 12, 2013 that is one of the most detailed I've read so far. Here are some excerpts from it. "Most meteor showers ... occur when Earth plows into the debris trail left behind by a comet. The comet throws this debris off as itÂ’s heated by the Sun, but while all comets heat up as they enter the inner solar system, many do not have orbits that intersect with EarthÂ’s. ......
  • Americans warned of imminent, deadly meteor strikes: Famous strategy recommended to survive

    01/18/2014 6:16:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With NASA reporting a “potentially hazardous” asteroid nearly half-a-mile wide possibly heading toward earth, and some upstate New Yorkers claiming they experienced a loud boom and a bright light in the sky last night caused by a meteor, a doctors’ organization is offering some timely advice: Just as when the American populace first prepared for the possibility of a nuclear blast, a person’s best option for surviving a meteor strike is the same “duck and cover” created during the 1940s and ’50s when nuclear weaponry was still in its infancy. The warning comes from Physicians for Civil Defense, which issued...
  • FEMA, Russian Ministry to Join Forces Against Space Threat

    06/26/2013 7:57:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | June 26, 2013
    Russia and the United States will work together to improve protection against meteorites and other space threats, Russia’s emergencies minister said on Tuesday following a joint Russia-US working group meeting in Washington. “We have decided that the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Russia's Emergencies Ministry will work together to develop systems to protect people and territory from cosmic impacts,” Russia’s Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov told journalists. The meeting also covered other kinds of natural emergencies, such as recent years' extreme weather in Russia and United States, but it was cooperation to counter space threats that stole the limelight...
  • House committee to hold hearing on asteroid threat

    02/16/2013 1:39:21 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on how to “better identify and address asteroids that pose a potential threat to Earth,” Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said in a statement on Friday. The announcement comes after a meteorite exploded in a massive blast above Siberia that damaged buildings, houses and cars and injured about 1,000 people on Friday. "The light was so intense that it completely illuminated the courtyard of our apartment block," said Sergei Zakharov, head of the Russian Geographical Society in Chelyabinsk, according to The Wall Street Journal. "The sound, the shock wave came...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Perseid Meteors and the Milky Way

    08/14/2012 2:29:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | August 14, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Where will the next Perseid meteor appear? Sky enthusiasts who trekked outside for the Perseid meteor shower that peaked over the past few days typically had this question on their mind. Six meteors from this past weekend are visible in the above stacked image composite, including one bright fireball streaking along the band of the background Milky Way Galaxy. All Perseid meteors appear to come from the shower radiant in the constellation of Perseus. Early reports about this year's Perseids indicate that as many as 100 meteors per hour were visible from some dark locations during the peak. The...
  • It Took Earth Ten Million Years to Recover from Greatest Mass Extinction

    05/28/2012 7:25:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 27, 2012 | University of Bristol
    It took some 10 million years for Earth to recover from the greatest mass extinction of all time, latest research has revealed. Life was nearly wiped out 250 million years ago, with only 10 per cent of plants and animals surviving. It is currently much debated how life recovered from this cataclysm, whether quickly or slowly. Recent evidence for a rapid bounce-back is evaluated in a new review article by Dr Zhong-Qiang Chen, from the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, and Professor Michael Benton from the University of Bristol. They find that recovery from the crisis lasted some 10...
  • Strong Quadrantid Meteor Shower, One of 2012's Best, Peaks Wednesday (Right Now 3 AM Central)

    01/04/2012 1:57:19 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 27 replies ^ | Date: 03 January 2012 Time: 08:06 AM ET | by Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist
    If you enjoy the sight of "shooting stars" then make plans to be out looking skyward during the predawn hours on Wednesday (Jan. 4) when a strong display of Quadrantid meteors may appear. This first meteor shower of the year may end up being one of the best of 2012. To paraphrase Forrest Gump: The Quadrantid meteor shower is like opening up a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get! Indeed, the Quadrantids are notoriously unpredictable, but if any year promises a fine display, this could be it. Peak activity is due to occur early on...
  • Mysterious Metal ball from space falls in Namibia

    12/26/2011 2:54:57 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 31 replies ^ | December 23, 2011 |
    A mysterious metal ball reportedly fell from space , landing in a grasslands area of the African nation of Namibia. So far experts claim the object is not of alien origin. It has two bumps on each end, appears to be hollow and weights about 13 pounds.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Leonid Fireball over Tenerife

    11/23/2011 4:43:39 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | November 22, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Historically active, this year's Leonid meteor shower was diminished by bright moonlight. Still, faithful night sky watchers did see the shower peak on November 18 and even the glare of moonlight didn't come close to masking this brilliant fireball meteor. The colorful meteor trail and final flare was captured early that morning in western skies over the Canary Island Observatorio del Teide on Tenerife. Particles of dust swept up when planet Earth passes near the orbit of periodic comet Tempel-Tuttle, Leonid meteors typically enter the atmosphere at nearly 70 kilometers per second. Looking away from the Moon, the wide...

    01/03/2011 3:28:32 PM PST · by TaraP · 12 replies
    Spaceweather ^ | Jan 3rd, 2010
    QUADRANTID METEOR ALERT: Earth is about to pass through a narrow stream of debris from shattered comet 2003 EH1, source of the annual Quadrantid meteor shower. "Peaking in the wee morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 4, the Quads have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour (varies between 60 and 200)," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "What makes this year so special is that the Moon is New on the night of the peak, so there will be no interference from moonlight." PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: After the meteor shower, observers in Europe, northern Africa, the Middle...
  • AURORAS AND A FIREBALL [amazing pic of "fireball" meteor shooting through Northern Lights]

    02/17/2010 9:22:57 AM PST · by ETL · 10 replies · 1,539+ views ^ | February 17, 2010
    AURORAS AND A FIREBALL: This week, the brightest auroras of the year have been surging around the Arctic Circle. Never one to waste a photo-op, English astrophotographer Pete Lawrence boarded a "Northern Lights flight" on Feb. 15th, and this is what he saw 37,000 ft over the Shetland Islands: "The display was awesome and completely occupied the view, illuminating the fuselage and clouds below us in an eerie green light," says Lawrence. "At one point, a brilliant fireball streaked down towards the horizon. If you're wondering why there are two fireball trails, the main one was so bright that it...
  • Geminid meteor shower tonight!

    12/12/2009 10:13:01 PM PST · by djf · 23 replies · 1,069+ views
    For those in a clear and dark part of the world, the Geminids will continue this evening. Rates of 100 meteors per hour, with possible peaks of 140-150 per hour. Geminids are characterized by being slow moving and white, with the possibility of some fairly large fireballs! Happy gazing!
  • METEOR UPDATE:......

    08/06/2009 1:05:39 PM PDT · by TaraP · 46 replies · 1,782+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | August 6th,2009
    METEOR UPDATE: Perseid meteors are now hitting Earth's upper atmosphere with a speed of 58 to 60 km/s, about 130,000 mph. That's the result of triangulation by a dual-station meteor monitoring system operated by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Last night the system detected five fireballs that provided the data for this speed estimate... EARLY PERSEIDS: The Perseid meteor shower is slowly intensifying as Earth plunges deeper in Comet Swift-Tuttle's debris stream. On August 4th, amateur astronomer Thomas Ashcraft caught an early arrival using an all-sky camera at his observatory near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Click on the image to play...
  • Second Loud Boom Rattles Windows In NY Suburb...

    03/10/2009 11:38:53 AM PDT · by TaraP · 31 replies · 1,220+ views
    Second Loud Boom Rattles Windows In NY May Have Been Meteorite (3/9/2009) There's been another loud "boom." This time it rattled windows in parts of Rockland County. Nanuet resident Keith Wallenstein said the mysterious noise woke him up at about 5:15 Monday morning and sounded like someone had flown an F-16 over his house. An earlier loud "boom" heard in Westchester County early Saturday might have been a meteorite. Police and The Journal News got a flurry of reports from people in Scarsdale, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Tuckahoe, Eastchester and Bronxville. Weather officials say there was no thunder in the area...
  • COLORADO SUPERBOLIDE (huge meteor lights up sky! -caught on video)

    12/07/2008 8:02:17 AM PST · by ETL · 45 replies · 2,732+ views
    COLORADO SUPERBOLIDE: Last night, Dec. 6th at 1:06 a.m. MST, a meteor of stunning brightness lit up the skies of Colorado. Astronomer Chris Peterson photographed the event using a dedicated all-sky meteor camera in the town of Guffey, near Colorado Springs: Video: "In seven years of operation, this is the brightest fireball I've ever recorded," says Peterson. "I estimate the terminal explosion at magnitude -18, more than 100 times brighter than a full Moon." Fireballs this bright belong to a rare category of meteors called superbolides. They are caused by small asteroids measuring a few to 10 meters in...
  • The Dark Ages: Were They Darker Than We Imagined?

    09/24/2002 11:18:33 AM PDT · by blam · 45 replies · 5,307+ views
    Universe ^ | Sept 99 | Greg Bryant
    The Dark Ages : Were They Darker Than We Imagined? By Greg Bryant Published in the September 1999 issue of Universe As we approach the end of the Second Millennium, a review of ancient history is not what you would normally expect to read in the pages of Universe. Indeed, except for reflecting on the AD 837 apparition of Halley's Comet (when it should have been as bright as Venus and would have moved through 60 degrees of sky in one day as it passed just 0.03 AU from Earth - three times closer than Hyakutake in 1996), you may...
  • Some Dinos May've Survived the Cataclysm

    09/06/2007 10:39:05 AM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies · 478+ views
    Discover Magazine online ^ | 8-29-07 | Barry E. DiGregorio
    According to the going theory, a six-mile-wide asteroid slammed into the Yucatán Peninsula 65 million years ago, throwing enough dust up into the atmosphere to dim the sun for years, killing off green plants and triggering a famine that wiped out all the dinosaurs in the geologic blink of an eye. Not so fast, says U.S. Geological Survey geologist emeritus James Fassett. A few years ago, Fassett’s colleagues were digging in a fossil-rich area of New Mexico when they uncovered the four-foot-long fossilized thighbone of a duck-billed, plant-eating hadrosaur in a sandstone cliff. When Fassett dated the bone to half...
  • The 1 September 2007 Aurigid outburst. [Meteor shower alert!]

    08/28/2007 6:17:36 PM PDT · by IonImplantGuru · 40 replies · 1,454+ views
    For FReepers in the western US (& Hawaii), I have a heads-up for - potentially - a really nice meteor display early this coming Saturday morning. Points east will not be able to see the peak of the display because - at 4:36 AM PDT - twilight or daytime will already have occurred. The best show will be looking to the northeast. There will be a 3/4 full waning moon high in the sky, so if the observer can shield oneself from the moon behind an obstacle (phone pole, house, car, tree, etc.) the viewing will be improved. I was...
  • 2000-Year-Old Meteors to Rain Down on August 31, 2007

    08/24/2007 1:30:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 399+ views
    The meteors that are about to rain down in the early morning of September 1 date from around 4 A.D., the latest calculations show. It is not often that we can tell when a shooting star was first released from a comet into space, to travel as a meteoroid in an orbit around the Sun, and finally collide with Earth's atmosphere to shine as a meteor for our enjoyment. Most meteors that sporadically flash across the sky on a dark moonless night date from anonymous times. Only in recent years have we learned to trace young meteor showers, just a...
  • Lyrid Meteors To Grace The Weekend Sky

    04/20/2007 4:17:39 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 980+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-20-2007 | David Shiga
    Lyrid meteors to grace the weekend sky 07:11 20 April 2007 news service David Shiga A meteor streaks across the sky against a background of star trails in this long-exposure image taken in 1985 during the Geminid shower (Image: Jimmy Westlake) The Lyrid meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Lyra, which includes Vega, one of the brightest stars in the sky (Illustration: NASA) The oldest known meteor shower is expected to return for its regularly scheduled performance this weekend. Although it is outshone by the December Geminids and the August Perseids, the Lyrids may provide the best...
  • 'Flaming Debris' Nearly Hits Jet (Meteors)

    03/28/2007 5:54:06 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 191+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-28-2007
    'Flaming debris' nearly hits jet The pilots of a Chilean passenger jet reported seeing flaming debris fall past their aircraft as it approached the airport at Auckland, New Zealand. Lan airline said the captain "made visual contact with incandescent fragments several kilometres away". New Zealand and Australian media suggested the debris was from a Russian satellite expected to enter the atmosphere later in the day. But the US space agency Nasa said it was more likely to have been meteors. '40 second margin' The Lan Airbus A340 had just entered New Zealand airspace as it approached Auckland's airport when the...
  • Strong Leonid Meteor Shower Expected This Weekend

    11/17/2006 8:10:36 PM PST · by digger48 · 18 replies · 1,476+ views
    yahoo ^ | 11/14/2006 | Robert Roy Britt
    The annual Leonid meteor shower could produce a strong outburst this weekend for residents of the North America and Western Europe. A brief surge of activity is expected begin around 11:45 p.m. ET Saturday, Nov. 18. In Europe, that corresponds to early Sunday morning, Nov. 19 at 4:45 GMT. The outburst could last up to two hours. At the peak, people in these favorable locations could see up to 150 shooting stars per hour, or more than two per minute. "We expect an outburst of more than 100 Leonids per hour," said Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment...
  • Orionid Meteors To Peak This Weekend

    10/20/2006 3:05:30 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 874+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-20-2006 | David Shiga
    Orionid meteors to peak this weekend 15:24 20 October 2006 news service David Shiga One of the year's best displays of meteors will occur this weekend. Called the Orionids, the meteors are bits of rocky debris shed from Halley's Comet that burn up in Earth's atmosphere. The display will be visible for both northern and southern hemisphere observers and should produce 20 meteors per hour at its peak. Friday night and Saturday night should be best, especially very early in the morning. Meteors in the Orionid family can appear anywhere in the sky, but their paths trace back to...
  • Meteors on the Feast of St. Lawrence

    08/09/2006 8:43:48 PM PDT · by WillOTerry · 5 replies · 479+ views
    In August of A.D. 258, the emperor Valerian ordered that all deacons, priests, and Bishops be put to death. Tradition via the Golden Legend tells us that Pope Sixtus II met with Lawrence, saying to him: "I shall not leave thee, my son, but greater strifes and battles be due to thee for the faith of Jesu Christ. We, as old men, have taken more lighter battle, and to thee as to a young man shall remain a more glorious battle of which thou shalt triumph and have victory of the tyrant, and shalt follow me within three days...
  • Perseid meteor shower to peak August 12

    08/11/2005 7:08:45 PM PDT · by StatenIsland · 3 replies · 534+ views ^ | 08/11/05 | Wil Milan
    Every August, when many people go vacationing in the country where skies are dark, the best-known meteor shower makes its appearance -- the Perseids. In 2005, the Perseids are expected to reach their maximum on August 12. Peak activity is unfortunately predicted for the daylight hours across North America. Sky watchers are thus encouraged to watch during the predawn hours of Friday, August 12 and again during the early morning hours of Saturday.
  • The 2005 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

    08/11/2005 2:54:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1,038+ views
    Red Nova ^ | August 11
    NASA -- Got a calendar? Circle this date: Friday, August 12th. Next to the circle write "before sunrise" and "Meteors!" Attach all of the above to your refrigerator in plain view so you won't miss the 2005 Perseid meteor shower. The Perseids come every year, beginning in late July and stretching into August. Sky watchers outdoors at the right time can see colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and, almost always, long hours of gracefully streaking meteors. Among the many nights of the shower, there is always one night that is best. This year: August 12th. Really, it could hardly be better....
  • Perseid Meteor Shower -- Coming soon to a sky near you.

    08/05/2005 4:35:30 PM PDT · by berkeleybeej · 67 replies · 2,503+ views
    Just a heads-up's to FR geeks. The meteors have already started, but it looks as if this could be a real event.
  • Geminid Meteor Showers Alarm Area Residents

    12/12/2004 11:21:07 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 357+ views
    NBC ^ | Dec. 12, 2004 | NBC
    A meteor shower that had some startled motorists calling police is expected to continue over the next few days. Saturday night's light show was part of the Geminids meteor shower, News4 reported. Montgomery and Fairfax county police, along with Dulles Airport and the space agency, NASA, received calls about the spectacle.
  • Strong Meteor Shower Peaks Monday Night [Geminids, new moon today, peak 2220 GMT, 5:20 p.m. EST]

    12/11/2004 10:22:48 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 77 replies · 1,471+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 10, 2004 | Joe Rao
    If you were disappointed with the meager showing put on by this year's Leonid meteor shower, don't fret. What could be the best meteor display of the year is scheduled to reach its peak on Monday night, Dec. 13. Skywatchers with dark skies away from city lights could see one or two meteors every minute during the Geminid meteor shower. The greatest activity is expected to be visible from North America, Europe and Africa. The Geminids get their name from the constellation of Gemini, the Twins. On the night of this shower's maximum, the meteors will appear to emanate from...
  • Grains Found in Ga. Traced to Asteroid

    08/24/2004 11:32:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 754+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | August 24 2004 | editors
    Microscopic analysis, reported in the current issue of the journal Geology, revealed a 3-inch-thick layer of "shocked quartz" — a form of the mineral produced only under intense pressure like that of an impact — that dated to 35.5 million years ago, when a space rock slammed into the Earth about 120 miles southeast of present-day Washington.

    06/09/2003 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 75 replies · 1,488+ views
    The Times ^ | 7 June 2003 | Robin Shepherd
    IF IT had hit Central London, Britain would no longer have a capital city. The force of the meteorite that hit eastern Siberia last September destroyed 40 square miles of forest and caused earth tremors felt 60 miles away. An expedition from Russia's Kosmopoisk institute has only recently reached the site in a remote area north of Lake Baikal because of bad weather and difficult terrain, the Interfax news agency said yesterday. Fragments of the meteorite had apparently exploded into shrapnel 18 miles above the Earth with the force of at least 200 tonnes of TNT. At the time, Russian...
  • Perseid meteor shower at its peak tonight (Wednesday)

    08/11/2004 11:57:41 AM PDT · by lainie · 13 replies · 890+ views
    Arizona City News ^ | 8/11/2004 | Kayne Crison
    Aug. 11: The Perseid meteor shower should be at its peak late tonight. The best time to watch is from about 11 p.m. until the first light of dawn Thursday morning. Try to find yourself a dark spot with an open view of the sky. You may see a brief Perseid "shooting star" as often as once every minute or two. The shower is somewhat active for many nights before and after its date of maximum. This year could be especially interesting for the Perseids. Aug. 12: During dawn (perhaps after a night of Perseid watching!), look for the waning...
  • Probe To 'Look Inside' Asteroids

    07/28/2004 8:22:08 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 956+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-28-2004 | Paul Rincon
    Probe to 'look inside' asteroids By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff in Paris, France Studies of asteroids would aid Earth-protection strategies A new space mission concept unveiled at a Paris conference aims to look inside asteroids to reveal how they are made. Deep Interior would use radar to probe the origin and evolution of two near-Earth objects less than 1km across. The mission, which could launch some time later this decade, would also give clues to how the planets evolved. The perceived threat of asteroids colliding with our planet has renewed interest in space missions to understand these...
  • Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - Thread Eleven

    06/24/2004 12:40:07 AM PDT · by JustPiper · 4,145 replies · 9,333+ views
    WND ^ | 6/24/04 | N/A
    Picture credit: TheCabal"I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat"LINK TO THREAD TEN Iran seeks swap of Brits for suicide attackers Report says 40 Revolutionary Guard 'volunteers' held by UK Iran apprehended British military personnel and Navy vessels earlier this week in order to secure release of 40 "suicide operations volunteers" held by the UK, according to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard source. The source told the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that the British Army command in Iraq received the demand from the Revolutionary Guard, reported the Middle East Media Research Institute. According to the source,...

    06/21/2004 4:31:10 PM PDT · by Quix · 430 replies · 3,963+ views
    USGS QUAKE EMAIL ^ | 21 JUN 2004 | Quix, USGS
    GREETINGS, FOLLOWING is a note re todays Alaskan quake. First a comment about this thread. SOME FREEPERS are fascinated with fringe areas of reality. Some of us even think the fringe areas of knowledge, research, anecdotal stories and the like will have very impactful effects on the WAR ON TERROR, WWIII, Biblical end time events etc. WE ALSO FIND FREEPERS FULL OF GREAT CREATIVITY OF THOUGHT, INSIGHT, WORK RELATED EXPERIENCES AND SKILLS ETC. useful in collecting diverse puzzle pieces and in analyzing them. This diversity is priceless and virtually unavailable on any other site. While we are seriously interested in...
  • Surprise Meteor Shower Possible in June

    06/21/2004 3:34:21 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 17 replies · 231+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/18/04 | Joe Rao
    Meteor enthusiasts will likely be out in force in the coming nights, hoping to catch a glimpse of an on-again, off-again meteor display. Special emphasis will be placed on two specific nights: June 22-23 and June 26-27. Ironically, the month of June is usually not noteworthy for any major meteor showers. Yet six years ago, during the final weekend of June 1998, sky watchers worldwide were caught off guard by an unexpected shower of bright meteors and fireballs. From Japan, for instance, came reports of meteors that were visible even through heavily overcast skies. Reports from visual observers in other...
  • Is Earth In Imminent Danger From Inbound Meteors?

    05/02/2004 10:11:06 AM PDT · by justme346 · 168 replies · 4,359+ views
    Bush Country ^ | 05/02/04
  • Meteor Clue To End Of Middle East Civilisations

    06/08/2003 7:17:12 PM PDT · by blam · 81 replies · 1,393+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-11-2001 | Robert Matthews
    Meteor clue to end of Middle East civilisations By Robert Matthews, Science Correspondent (Filed: 04/11/2001) SCIENTISTS have found the first evidence that a devastating meteor impact in the Middle East might have triggered the mysterious collapse of civilisations more than 4,000 years ago. satellite images of southern Iraq have revealed a two-mile-wide impact crater caused by a meteor Studies of satellite images of southern Iraq have revealed a two-mile-wide circular depression which scientists say bears all the hallmarks of an impact crater. If confirmed, it would point to the Middle East being struck by a meteor with the violence equivalent...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-27-02

    11/27/2002 6:02:28 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 279+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-26-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 November 27 Leonids and Leica Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado and Isabel Graboleda Explanation: This lovely view from northern Spain, at Cape Creus on the easternmost point of the Iberian peninsula, looks out across the Mediteranean and up into the stream of the 2002 Leonid meteor shower. The picture is a composite of thirty separate one minute exposures taken through a fisheye lens near the Leonids' first...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-20-02

    11/20/2002 12:11:08 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 11 replies · 283+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-20-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 November 20 Leonids vs. The Moon Credit & Copyright: Frank Sapp Explanation: Beautiful and bright, the 2002 Leonid meteors battled against glaring moonlight. This winning example, from Tuesday morning skies above Laughlin, Nevada, USA, finds an undaunted Leonid streaking between the familiar constellation of Orion (left) and an overexposed full Moon. As anticipated, the Leonid shower packed a double punch on November 19 with planet Earth plunging...
  • The Leonids TV Show [live courtesy of NASA]

    11/18/2002 8:03:00 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 2 replies · 240+ views
    science@NASA ^ | 11/18/2002 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    NASA TV kicks off live coverage of the 2002 Leonid meteor storm on Monday, Nov. 18th. Nov. 16, 2002: The best place to watch the 2002 Leonid meteor storm is outside under the stars. But NASA TV isn't bad either. On Monday, Nov. 18th at 11:00 p.m. CST (Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 0500 UT), NASA TV will kick off the 2nd-annual Leonids TV Show. "There are going to be two meteor outbursts on Tuesday morning--one over Europe and a second over North America," says Mitzi Adams, a NASA astronomer who's organizing the show. "Our broadcast will cover both." A team...
  • Meteor storm puts on star-studded show (Leonids tonight and tomorrow morning)

    11/18/2002 9:26:15 AM PST · by hc87 · 13 replies · 279+ views
    USA Today ^ | 11/18/02 | Dan Vergano
    <p>Wishing on a star? You're in luck. Monday night's Leonid meteor storm will offer one of nature's best light shows this century.</p> <p>The annual shower of shooting stars arrives with a first storm peaking around 11 p.m ET, viewable in and around New England, and a second peak coming six-and-a-half hours later, visible nationwide. Barring clouds and a bright full moon, which could wash out some of the more faint meteors, observers may see thousands of shooting stars during the storm.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 8-16-02

    08/15/2002 9:15:23 PM PDT · by mtngrl@vrwc · 20 replies · 401+ views
    NASA ^ | 8-16-02 | Robert Nemiroff & Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 August 16 Rainbow Perseid Credit & Copyright: Dirk Obudzinski Explanation: While meteors do show colors, the colors aren't always seen with the unaided eye. Still, high speed color film recorded this rainbow-like trail as a meteor streaked through the early morning sky on August 13 above Sedona, Arizona, USA. Part of the annual Perseid meteor shower, this bit of dust from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle entered...