Meteor Shower Tonight 8/11/09

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Meteor Shower Tonight 8/11/09

Post by Tweetey55 on Tue 11 Aug 2009, 12:29 pm

From the Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/08/meteor-shower-will-light-up-sky-tonight.html

Meteor shower will light up sky tonight
August 11, 2009 9:19 AM
Don't be alarmed if you see hundreds of necks craned to the sky tonight through Wednesday morning.

Up to 100 meteors per hour are expected to paint the sky with fiery streaks as the Earth passes through the dust trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, according to the Adler Planetarium. The display could be the most vibrant in years, the planetarium says.

The comet, discovered in 1862, is a giant iceberg made up of ice, rock and dust particles. Dust particles the size of sand slowly have been eroding away from the comet every time it approaches the sun, leaving a trail of debris that the Earth's orbit intersects once every year, according to the planetarium.

That means sky lovers can expect quite a show tonight and Wednesday morning.

The particles, known as meteoroids, create a meteor shower when they collide with the Earth's atmosphere and burn up, creating fiery streaks across the sky, according to the planetarium.

Early Wednesday morning will be the best time to see the meteors because the thin crescent moon isn't expected to rise until after 2 a.m., according the planetarium. And the best viewing place? Get away from the city lights and look northeast while the skies remain dark.

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Re: Meteor Shower Tonight 8/11/09

Post by Darla on Tue 11 Aug 2009, 12:46 pm

thanks for posting this.....
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Post by Tweetey55 on Tue 11 Aug 2009, 12:56 pm

you're very welcome

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Post by Mr Moon on Wed 12 Aug 2009, 1:17 pm

My dog got me up at 2:30, I went outside with her, looked up and saw one right away.

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Post by Tweetey55 on Wed 12 Aug 2009, 1:51 pm

Didn't see any, couldn't stay awake LOL

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Post by NextJen on Wed 12 Aug 2009, 2:31 pm

I've NEVER seen a meteor shower. I've wanted to. But every time there is one, we have overly cloudy skies. Sad
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Post by Tweetey55 on Wed 12 Aug 2009, 3:00 pm

we had a meteor come thru near where we used to live and it was like a fireball flying by. Went thru a few roofs of buildings and did quite a lot of damage. And this was not that long after 9/11, freaked a lot of people out.

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