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Meteor shower

  1. Dec 14, 2007 #1

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    I just saw a very bright meteor streak across the sky. I thought someone was shooting off fireworks until I remembered this..

    http://www.griffithobs.org/skyreport.html

    I want to go out and watch some more, but it's cold outside.
     
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  3. Dec 14, 2007 #2

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    I was just out, saw 3 of them shoot by!

    SPECTACULAR! :smile:
     
  4. Dec 14, 2007 #3

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    Sweet! :cool:
    I never expect to see very much in Los Angeles sky, so the one I saw caught me by surprise.
     
  5. Dec 14, 2007 #4
    I was in Bintan Island in Indonesia with groups of astronomy friends. Saw about 15+ if not 20 meteors. I was lucky enough to see one through a binocular :surprised
     
  6. Dec 15, 2007 #5

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    Gosh - that sounds fun!!

    I was just reading a little more about the Geminid shower:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22252056/
    What do they mean by a "near-Earth-object" that is not a comet?
     
  7. Dec 15, 2007 #6
    3200 Phaethon is probably a "dead comet" in the sense that it no longer exhibit comet structure like coma or tail.
     
  8. Dec 15, 2007 #7
    Thanks for posting this MIH!!! I just finished a 6 hour drive tonight, and I knew I was seeing something up in the sky (I probably saw about 4 or 5 of them).
     
  9. Dec 15, 2007 #8

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    The source is an asteroid or a dormant comet. Asteroids are denser than comets and normally don't break up unless they've collided with something. Phaethon is less dense than an asteroid, but denser than a comet, so the thinking is that it might be a dormant comet that's accumulated a thick crust (an M&M comet :smile:). http://science.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/ast04dec98_1.htm

    And what's wrong with cold weather. I like cold weather. Why, just yesterday morning, I was so moved by the weather that I flung my coffee cup 50yds across the street and broke into the Teaberry Shuffle. And well justified it was, since any day you're not rushed to the hospital with a 12 inch gash in the back of your head is a good day, indeed.
     
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  10. Dec 15, 2007 #9

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    Meteors are cool! In 2001, I was in the right place at the right time to see a meteor storm.

    Cold??? :confused:
     
  11. Dec 15, 2007 #10
    Glad you got a chance to see one MIH, they are very cool.
     
  12. Dec 16, 2007 #11

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    Thanks for the explanation about Phaethon. I am glad to hear some others got to see the show.

    And yes, by MIH standards, it was very cold! I put on a denim jacket and was still freezing.
     
  13. Dec 17, 2007 #12
    Here's a write-up of my trip. :smile:
     
  14. Dec 17, 2007 #13

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    Cool! I loved reading about your trip. Thanks for sharing that! :cool:
     
  15. Dec 17, 2007 #14
    That was a wonderful trip you took, what a great spot for a Astro Bash!
     
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