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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:05 am

I saw a shooting star last night. The first one I've seen in decades. happy

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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:06 am

It was like:

fireball

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Post by Fangirl Three on Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:54 am

Congratulations! cheer

I hope you made a wish when you saw it.
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Post by Zarniwoop on Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:42 am

Persieds peak this week.
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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:45 am

Excited

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Post by flibbington2.0 on Sat May 04, 2019 1:36 pm

There's going to be a large meteor shower over New Zealandland at approx 5am. In about 4 and a half hours time.
I have set the alarm for it, but I'm not sure if I'll get to sleep tonight. Skies are clear, so its looking promising.
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Post by flibbington2.0 on Sat May 04, 2019 1:38 pm

Stolen from a website for boffins. Apparently it's an annual thing the first week each May!

"eta-Aquarids, peak May 5
The eta-Aquarids is a fine, rich stream associated with Comet 1P/Halley, like the Orionids of October, but it is visible for only a few hours before dawn essentially from tropical and southern hemisphere sites. This has the advantage that if the Moon is waxing and a few days before full, it will set before the radiant is high enough for observation. The fast and often bright meteors make the wait for radiant-rise worthwhile, with many events leave glowing persistent trains after them.

A relatively broad maximum, sometimes with a variable number of submaxima, usually occurs in early May. The zenith hourly rates are generally above 30 for almost a week centered on the main peak. High rates are expected between 2008 and 2013. The radiant rises at about 2 am in New Zealand, so observation is best from about 5 am by which time the radiant has a reasonable altitude. The radiant culminates at about 08h local time."
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Post by Fangirl Three on Sat May 04, 2019 1:45 pm

Yes, Aquarius being a southern hemisphere constellation, only you antipodean types get to enjoy this one.
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Post by flibbington2.0 on Sat May 04, 2019 1:53 pm

Have just read elsewhere will be approx one meteor per minute for at least an hour.
As I've never seen a meteor shower in my life, I think I really must watch this.
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Post by flibbington2.0 on Mon May 06, 2019 8:07 am

Oh. Whoops. I was so excited about the prospect it kept me awake. But I overdid it. Got to about 3:30am, I was exhausted and couldn't stay awake.
When the alarm went off at 5 i went meh. So tired I couldn't even haul myself to the window. I can wait til next year.
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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Mon May 06, 2019 9:51 am

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