Spetacular meteor shower this morning!

  1. Hey, ya'll, just posting a note to remind everyone that the Leonid meteor shower will be passing through our skies this morning, with it's peak at about 5:30 am EST. I've read that it's supposed to be the brightest, most spectacular Leonid shower for the rest of this century. If you're up early, go run outside and check it out. You should see more than a few meteors every minute. ;>)
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  3. by   2banurse
    Here's a dumb question...other than looking up, what direction should you look in (E, W, S, N)? Does it matter what state you live in?
  4. by   NICU_Nurse
    No, it doesn't matter what state you're in. I'm leaving the house now (4:30 where I am) and going to see it. Look towards the east, because that's where they appear to originate, and as it gets closer to dawn, the 'radiant' point will rise to almost directly above your head. They are expecting storm levels of meteors this morning, and it won't be like this again for AT LEAST thirty more years. You may be able to see big fireballs (most of them are merely the size of a grain of rice, or smaller) that will light up the sky, and don't focus on one spot. Use your peripheral vision. Okay, time for me to go freeze my beehind off. ;>P Have fun! Plan to spend at least thirty minutes outside, let your eyes accommodate to the dark, etc. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm such a dork, I LOVE astronomy. Adios. Let me know if you saw anything!!
  5. by   CEN35
    as usual, every november in cleveland, the gray clouds and rain over power the brightest lenoid meteor showers again! maybe tomorrow................ typically they go for 3-4 days, and one day is prime!

  6. by   RN-PA
    This morning (Tuesday) was supposed to be the "prime time" for viewing, but it was nowhere near as good a show as last year. I only counted 27 meteors while freezing my buttinsky off between 0420 and 0545. The full moon made seeing them more difficult and there were also high clouds that crept in that I'm sure must've obscured things. It was great to see the meteors I did, but my feet are still having trouble getting warmed up, and I think I'll have to hit the hay for a snooze before work. :zzzzz
  7. by   RNinICU
    Couldn't see a thing. I went out for a little while, but the full moon and cloud cover made it impossible to see anything. I had a great view of the Persieds earlier this year though.
  8. by   maire
    Ditto what RNinICU said...clouds and very bright full moon. Couldn't see diddly.
    Saw last year's show though, was really pretty!
  9. by   emily_mom
    was snowing here...couldn't see anything through the monster flakes!!!
  10. by   Ted
    I'm so sorry that I missed the shower! Had every intention of going outside to view the meteor shower. . . slept right through it!

  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    sigh good ole seattle in fall...no meteor shows for me...oh well.
  12. by   chartleypj
    I enjoyed them here in Southeastern Ma @ 5:30 with a nice cup of hot tea. Despite the high clouds the meteors were quite visable. What a nice way to begin a work day.

  13. by   plumrn
    I was up at 4:15 this morning and saw quite a few. The sky was clear, but the moon was bright. I saw lots of dim ones, and a few really brilliant ones that left a trail. Beautiful! It was awfully cold though! Hot chocolate and banana swirl bread out of the toaster warmed me up, and then off to the work-a-day world!

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