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    Meteor Shower/Storm possible tonight.

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by GingerCoffee, May 24, 2014.

    No doubt some of you have heard about this one time event, the Earth is going to pass through a new comet trail and it could be anything from a dud to a storm.

    Here's NASA's live stream if you don't want to go outside in the middle of the night or like here, you aren't sure if the clouds will cover the sky or not, or, if you aren't in North America:

    http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/watchtheskies/may-camelopardalids.html#.U3__WK3KTFe

    For those who are time zone challenged that translates to:

    "Active during:
    UTC: 2:30 am - 11:00 am May 24th
    EDT: 10:30 pm May 23rd - 7:00 am May 24th
    CDT: 9:30 pm May 23rd - 6:00 am May 24th
    MDT: 8:30 pm May 23rd - 5:00 am May 24th
    MST/PDT: 7:30 pm May 23rd - 4:00 am May 24th

    Expected Peak:
    UTC: 6:00 am - 8:00 am May 24th
    EDT: 2:00 am - 4:00 am May 24th
    CDT: 1:00 am - 3:00 am May 24th
    MDT: 12:00 am - 2:00 am May 24th
    MST/PDT: 11:00 PM May 23rd - 1:00 am May 24th"

    Those guys at NASA have all the fun. The live stream is from some desert site where a bunch of them are all camping out tonight.
     
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    I might just have lucked out here. There's a hole in the clouds that looks to be perfectly timed.

    Did I mention I've seen the Leonids storm? It was incredible.
     
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    There's some high haze in the sky here in western LA county. I hope it gets clear enough by eleven or so for me to see a show!
     
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    The clouds rolled in here after all so I've been keeping an eye on the live stream: Only a few meteors total so far. It's one of those things about sky watching, there's a lot of unrewarding time spent but with the exceptions where one happens upon something by luck, you have to put in time to be watching when something does happen. I'll watch a bit more but it's past the expected peak so I'll be turning in soon.
     
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    Cloudy with a chance of incandescent rocks...
     
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    I checked off and on from midnight to 3:30am (peak was 2-4) and didn't see anything. The sky was perfectly clear but I think I'm just too close to the city without a telescope.
     
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    It was too hazy last night to see anything. I couldn't even see more than about three stars, let alone shooting stars!

    Grr. Months of perfect weather, and the first night in a long while when there's something interesting to see, we get high clouds.
     
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    Aww, I slept through it :(
     

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