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(Discover)   Everything you need to know to observe the Perseids, the golden standard of meteor showers   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line 43
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2012-08-11 05:34:26 PM  
That article sucked worse than the headline
 
2012-08-11 05:37:35 PM  
lame, LAME, LAME
 
2012-08-11 06:10:38 PM  
8 green lights in a row including this one? seriously?
 
2012-08-11 06:19:00 PM  

Bucky Katt: 8 green lights in a row including this one? seriously?


ftfm
 
2012-08-11 07:27:20 PM  
It's been cloudy all day here, I don't think it will clear up for the show tonight. Dang.
 
2012-08-11 07:40:35 PM  
No no no no noooooo. I watch the meteor shower and next thing you know I'm eaten by a triffid. Not falling for that one.
 
2012-08-11 07:44:52 PM  
Yo dawg (subby), "golden standard" does not mean the same thing as "gold standard". Jus' sayin'.
 
2012-08-11 07:50:12 PM  

Pope Larry II: It's been cloudy all day here, I don't think it will clear up for the show tonight. Dang.


Same here, plus it's raining and it feels like a good thundershower is on its way.
 
2012-08-11 07:50:46 PM  
I'm going to be in central texas all next week on vacation, i hope i'm far enough away from civilization to spot some with the kids
 
2012-08-11 07:58:57 PM  
Sorry, I read "golden shower". Carry on.
 
2012-08-11 08:04:06 PM  
Do people always seem to get surprised by these annual events every year?

That said, hey nerd, your favorite meteor shower is great and I'mma let you finish, but the Leonid Storm is the BEST meteor shower OF ALL TIME!
 
2012-08-11 08:05:56 PM  

Summoner101: Do people always seem to get surprised by these annual events every year?

That said, hey nerd, your favorite meteor shower is great and I'mma let you finish, but the Leonid Storm is the BEST meteor shower OF ALL TIME!


people sort of forget to notice these things. too often in the world we're focusing on the mundane and completely miss the real marvels of the universe.
 
2012-08-11 08:31:29 PM  
Can one of those Perseid meteors hit NBC?
 
2012-08-11 08:33:27 PM  
Clouds. Sad.
 
2012-08-11 08:36:28 PM  
Another reason to GTFO out of Philly for good. A dozen stars on a good night sucks balls
 
2012-08-11 08:37:48 PM  
I think this is the 3rd or 4th Perseid shower in a row where its been cloudy here....

/mid-Michigan - not an astronomers friend
 
2012-08-11 08:38:38 PM  

picturescrazy: Clouds. Sad.


This. Maybe I'll sneak down to the beach at some point when the Northeast isn't doing its best Seattle impression.
 
2012-08-11 08:51:18 PM  
One of these meteor storms, I'd like to find out if someplace like Greylock or Mt. Washington Observatory have a viewing party. Could also check out the dunes in Truro or something, probably wouldn't be too bad out there, facing off into the Gulf of Maine and all.
 
2012-08-11 08:52:13 PM  

cretinbob: That article sucked worse than the headline


[Insert yo mama joke here.]
 
2012-08-11 09:02:09 PM  
FTFA: Quick tip: a meteoroid is the solid bit of rock or whatever that travels through space. As it burns up in our air we call it a meteor. If it hits the ground, it's called a meteorite. Now you can sound pretentious and correct people at cocktail parties!

And a Metroid is this:

images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-08-11 09:10:24 PM  

eyeq360: Can one of those Perseid meteors hit NBC?


Yes PLEASE.
 
2012-08-11 09:52:00 PM  

The Bad Astronomer: cretinbob: That article sucked worse than the headline

[Insert yo mama joke here.]


Do you live in SRQ, or did you just take that Swift/Tuttle photo while passing through?

If you do, could you recommend a particular spot prime for meteor-watching? I tend to get kicked out of places out east because they're either private or public and closed. I'd like to get out there tonite with some beers, if it isn't too cloudy.
 
2012-08-11 10:16:35 PM  

Summoner101: Do people always seem to get surprised by these annual events every year?


I'm not sure, do they? I'm sorta happy for the reminders, as I have trouble remembering things like this. Although I do remember last year it was rainy and cloudy here pretty much the whole time during the peak of activity. Same as this year.
 
Skr
2012-08-11 10:40:33 PM  
Do Asteroids follow the same naming structure? Asteroid in space, Astereor through the atmosphere, and Asterite on the ground?


Rarely seem to see a good shower up here in Minnesota, though the occasional Aurora makes up for it.
 
2012-08-11 10:41:54 PM  

Ghastly: No no no no noooooo. I watch the meteor shower and next thing you know I'm eaten by a triffid. Not falling for that one.


I remember reading that years ago. It still scares me a little today. Loss of sight terrifies me in general
Fun book though
/I think I read The Day the Earth Froze that day too. Something like that anyway
 
2012-08-11 11:20:09 PM  
I lived in Michigan for many years and it never failed, each time there was a meteor shower it would be cloudy.. but I recently moved to GA and just tonight I got to see 3 streaks.. will be going back out later closer to midnight.. but I have already seen more now than in the 30 years in MI.. :(
 
2012-08-11 11:22:22 PM  
Meh, even the subtle "golden... showers" joke was weak.

Trying to decide whether I should drive up to 6,000-9,000 feet after midnight to see meteors.

Pros: The 9,000 feet site is arguably the best place in the entire world to watch them from. And if the clouds are low enough, 6,000 feet would be good enough.

Cons: Been awake since 6:30am, already spent 5.5 hours at 9,000 feet during the day ripping out invasive plants, now about to work 6:30pm-12:30am, and have to be awake before 10:00am tomorrow morning.
 
2012-08-11 11:29:12 PM  
How big of an idiot does one need to be to need a "How to" on spotting meteors?

1) Wait till dark

2) Look up (outside).
 
2012-08-11 11:34:06 PM  

dbirchall: Meh, even the subtle "golden... showers" joke was weak.

Trying to decide whether I should drive up to 6,000-9,000 feet after midnight to see meteors.

Pros: The 9,000 feet site is arguably the best place in the entire world to watch them from. And if the clouds are low enough, 6,000 feet would be good enough.

Cons: Been awake since 6:30am, already spent 5.5 hours at 9,000 feet during the day ripping out invasive plants, now about to work 6:30pm-12:30am, and have to be awake before 10:00am tomorrow morning.


On your deathbed, will you say, "damn, I'm sure glad I didn't go see that meteor shower, way back in '12"? You certainly won't remember being tired.
 
2012-08-11 11:47:29 PM  
The Geminids in December are better, but it's December so people stay indoors.
 
2012-08-12 12:25:59 AM  
Remember, do not look directly at a meteor, or they'll hit you in the eye.
 
2012-08-12 12:35:34 AM  

had98c: The Geminids in December are better, but it's December so people stay indoors.


In December it's always cloudy and grey here. Just saw 4 tomorrow going to a spot I can watch it better.

/And thanks for the advance update :/
//Forgot that it was time for the Perseid's.
 
2012-08-12 01:06:06 AM  

Bucky Katt: lame, LAME, LAME


Would you prefer.

passengerfilms.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-08-12 01:16:33 AM  

OnlyM3: How big of an idiot does one need to be to need a "How to" on spotting meteors?

1) Wait till dark

2) Look up (outside).


You forgot 3) Don't be unattractive.
 
2012-08-12 02:01:17 AM  

miss diminutive: OnlyM3: How big of an idiot does one need to be to need a "How to" on spotting meteors?

1) Wait till dark

2) Look up (outside).

You forgot 3) Don't be unattractive.


Wait wut?
 
2012-08-12 02:09:33 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: OnlyM3: How big of an idiot does one need to be to need a "How to" on spotting meteors?

1) Wait till dark

2) Look up (outside).

You forgot 3) Don't be unattractive.

Wait wut?


Not familiar with the SNL skit?
 
2012-08-12 02:30:33 AM  
scienceblogs.com

They're coming right. at. you.

\saw 50 or so tonight
 
2012-08-12 02:52:10 AM  
Saw some good ones, then the clouds rolled in.
 
2012-08-12 04:36:53 AM  
Seen none yet.

#9 turn off your phone.

/blinded by science
 
2012-08-12 04:56:34 AM  

Pope Larry II: It's been cloudy all day here, I don't think it will clear up for the show tonight. Dang.


Cloudy here, too, with drizzle. :(
 
2012-08-12 08:16:21 AM  

dbirchall: Meh, even the subtle "golden... showers" joke was weak.


Piss-poor pun, if you will
 
2012-08-12 01:07:25 PM  
"Gold[en] standard" my ass. The only reason the Perseids are so popular is because it's warm outside in August. A good Leonid year will give you thousands per hour, not 50-60.
 
2012-08-13 11:17:10 PM  
I saw a Leonids shower in 2001 or so that probably had 2000 an hour easily.

They kept going into dawn, which was surreal.
 
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