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(CBS San Francisco)   Before you begin your Memorial day festivities this weekend, why not grab a lawn chair, a couple of cold ones and check out the meteor shower tonight? NASA says it's going to be AWESOME   (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) divider line 188
    More: Followup, meteors, meteor showers, NASA, Perseids, grabs, Peter Jenniskens, North Star, comets  
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2014-05-23 03:00:02 PM  
Who the hell has their Memorial Day festivities three days before Memorial Day?
 
2014-05-23 04:10:29 PM  
Oh. I heard this on the news last night and I thought they said "meatier shower". I thought it was going to rain porkchops and briskets or something. I am disappoint.
 
2014-05-23 04:19:20 PM  
Since no Memorial Day thread is complete without self-righteous patriotism and references to troops who died, I'll kick off the absurdly overboard pictures:

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Don't get me wrong: I am extremely grateful and all, but...I served. My father served. HIS father served. HIS father served. My uncles all served. And we ALL think this sort of overboard idolization is BS. That last one in particular. Jesus.

The best way to remember our troops' sacrifice is to buy a living soldier a beer, and to hold a moment of silence at the BBQ for those who didn't make it home. Life is for the living. Honor the dead by living well like they would have wanted, not by turning them into a Hallmark card moment for the unscrupulous to monetize.
 
2014-05-23 06:39:49 PM  
Hopefully the rain blows over here soon. I was going to drive a few mins out of town and watch the shootin' stars. Now it looks like I might see nothing but cloud :(
 
2014-05-23 06:40:51 PM  
Way ahead of you, subby
 
2014-05-23 06:43:19 PM  
The sky is supposed to be crystal clear in my neck of the midwest, which is nice because the last 10 (it seems) meteor showers have happened during rainy/overcast nights.
 
2014-05-23 06:44:26 PM  
AUUGGHH whistleridge that last one is ghoulish.
 
2014-05-23 06:47:51 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-23 06:47:55 PM  
The mayor refuses to turn out the lights so I can see this.
 
2014-05-23 06:50:04 PM  

uncleacid: The mayor refuses to turn out the lights so I can see this.


Get out of Dodge if you can. Anywhere in just about any city is gonna suck.
 
2014-05-23 06:50:54 PM  

Kittypie070: AUUGGHH whistleridge that last one is ghoulish.


Isn't it though?

If I took that exact same picture, but swapped out North Korean flags for the US flags and made it look like a Nork thing, we would fall all over ourselves making fun of it.

Someone seriously needs to tell the US to get over itself, especially its troop fetish/sorrow porn tendency. Jesus.
 
2014-05-23 06:51:51 PM  

PowerSlacker: Who the hell has their Memorial Day festivities three days before Memorial Day?


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2014-05-23 06:51:54 PM  

Nutsac_Jim: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 500x306]


Is it weird that the line "Daddy would have gotten us Uzis" was the first thing I thought of as well?
 
2014-05-23 06:52:05 PM  
A proper meteor shower would bust through the clouds and actually SHOWER.
 
2014-05-23 06:52:54 PM  
MIxed Feelings here.

I served but,,

Vietnam: We drafted your kid. Sent him off to bumb-fark nowhere. He got blown into a cloud of pink meat.

Have a beer

BuchCo. Wars: Your kid volunteered to serve. We came up with a bunch of lies. He got blown into a cloud of pink meat.

Have a beer

Okay, maybe I don't have mixed feeling after all
 
2014-05-23 06:55:07 PM  
i.imgur.com

/ why not both?
 
2014-05-23 06:57:43 PM  
Well.  These were not the comments I was looking for.

justgrits.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-23 06:58:49 PM  

fusillade762: Nutsac_Jim: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 500x306]

Is it weird that the line "Daddy would have gotten us Uzis" was the first thing I thought of as well?


It IS weird. The first thing I thought of is a list of things I'd like to do to the big sister...
 
2014-05-23 06:59:47 PM  
For some reason I haven't started drinking yet (well, because I haven't gotten off my ass and gone to the store, I'm going, I'm going), so it's entirely feasible that I'll still be up between 2 & 4 a.m.

But that's still kind of late for me anymore.
 
2014-05-23 07:03:27 PM  
My understanding is that this will be in the northern portion of the sky.

Not that it matters, I live in the middle of a largeish city, so on a good night I'm lucky to see stars.
 
2014-05-23 07:04:03 PM  
Clouds and rain until further notice around Dallas. Otherwise this night owl would be headed to a blacked out field 20 miles from a streetlight.
 
2014-05-23 07:04:25 PM  
Cloudy : /
 
2014-05-23 07:05:24 PM  
I changed the start time for work tomorrow so I can watch it and then leave to fix a crane.

Going to bed at 7pm on Friday night to watch meteors.
I am living on the edge.
 
2014-05-23 07:05:47 PM  
The scientist I heard talking about this on All Things Considered said there's a possibility that there won't even BE a shower, but we won't know until it happens, or doesn't.
 
2014-05-23 07:05:55 PM  

PowerSlacker: Who the hell has their Memorial Day festivities three days before Memorial Day?


Us Muricans, thats who!
 
2014-05-23 07:13:27 PM  
fark that. I want something to rival the 1966 Leonids.
 
2014-05-23 07:13:35 PM  
Don't forget to crank some Floyd.
 
2014-05-23 07:13:53 PM  

merrillvillain: I changed the start time for work tomorrow so I can watch it and then leave to fix a crane.

Going to bed at 7pm on Friday night to watch meteors.
I am living on the edge.


As someone who spent the first 18 years of his life in Lowell, your handle cracks me up.
 
2014-05-23 07:14:11 PM  
Watch for the giraffe, they say

i think i need something stronger than beer for that
 
2014-05-23 07:15:30 PM  
What is 200 meteors an hour in American? 120?
 
2014-05-23 07:15:45 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: fark that. I want something to rival the 1966 Leonids.


Sounds like a soccer team.
 
2014-05-23 07:16:44 PM  
And of course I am staying in town tonight. Never fails.
 
2014-05-23 07:18:14 PM  

Nutsac_Jim:


Night of the Comet?! I think I want to know you, Fark handle be damned.
 
2014-05-23 07:21:00 PM  
I'm not in the USA and I don't have a holiday on Monday.

Am i still allowed to go outside and watch the meteors?
 
2014-05-23 07:26:18 PM  
The meteorologists that I chatted with said it MIGHT be awesome. It might also be like looking up at the sky at 4AM any other time.
 
2014-05-23 07:26:19 PM  
*sighs* It's supposed to be cloudy here in CNY, as per the usual for any fun sky watching event.
 
2014-05-23 07:26:43 PM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: I'm not in the USA and I don't have a holiday on Monday.

Am i still allowed to go outside and watch the meteors?


Do you have a lawn chair and beer?  If so, yes.  If not, no.

/actually, lawn chair may be optional, let me consult my notes...
//lawn chair is indeed optional, but is highly recommended
///three
 
2014-05-23 07:28:26 PM  

whistleridge: Kittypie070: AUUGGHH whistleridge that last one is ghoulish.

Isn't it though?

If I took that exact same picture, but swapped out North Korean flags for the US flags and made it look like a Nork thing, we would fall all over ourselves making fun of it.

Someone seriously needs to tell the US to get over itself, especially its troop fetish/sorrow porn tendency. Jesus.


I feel oddly comforted knowing that I'm not the only person who notices this.

/I mean, some days I feel like telling people 'you know that's propaganda, right?'. Not even being judgemental, it's just like watching people rant about how good their novel is while their neighbor is reading some crappy one, and they're both romances. Like what you like, but at least know what it  is.
 
2014-05-23 07:29:44 PM  

wxboy: My understanding is that this will be in the northern portion of the sky.

Not that it matters, I live in the middle of a largeish city, so on a good night I'm lucky to see stars.


If I read the NASA site correctly, they will appear to radiate from a point below the north star, near the horizon, but should be visible when looking in any direction. So just look up... cheers
 
2014-05-23 07:30:12 PM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: I'm not in the USA and I don't have a holiday on Monday.

Am i still allowed to go outside and watch the meteors?


As UsikFark implied above, you'll have to watch them in metric. You might need an adaptor.
 
2014-05-23 07:31:41 PM  
I've had my telescope ready all week. Now it's nothing but overcast and is going to stay that way  :(

Was really looking forward to it too


Got this a few years ago. Its the Celestron AstroMaster 114. You can get it dirt cheap now. About $150 I believe.
www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk

Got an eyepiece and filter kit too
 
2014-05-23 07:32:38 PM  
 
2014-05-23 07:35:59 PM  

nyseattitude: I've had my telescope ready all week.


Why use a telescope anyway? All you'd see is a very brief streak of light in a very narrow field of view... Wouldn't it be better to just lean back and take in all the streaks w/ the naked eye?
...not a telescope expert so feel free to correct me...

/could be a non-event anyway. cheers
 
2014-05-23 07:36:51 PM  
Heading out to do a public astronomy program.  May report from the front lines a couple of times if anything's happening.

Hazy right now, though.  Could be a bummer.
 
2014-05-23 07:37:15 PM  
NASA always says that and i go outside late at night and see nada.


Nasholes!
 
2014-05-23 07:38:30 PM  
*Checking the weather forecast for Seattle*

goddammit
 
2014-05-23 07:39:24 PM  
Dear NASA,


Let me know when the 6 mile wide rock comes this way so i can prepare for the Big Sleep.


Sincerely,

A Concerned Citizen


the Irony is that if a 6 mile rock came our way, that is the only time NASA wouldn't say a damn thing about it.  fear of panic.
 
2014-05-23 07:41:02 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: Bill_Wick's_Friend: I'm not in the USA and I don't have a holiday on Monday.

Am i still allowed to go outside and watch the meteors?

As UsikFark implied above, you'll have to watch them in metric. You might need an adaptor.


Indeed.

www.wallyspartyfactory.com
 
2014-05-23 07:42:40 PM  

generallyso: Expected viewing conditions
[i.imgur.com image 650x366]


Yeah... I'm right in the middle of the green "good" blob on the left... Sitting under a nice thick marine layer. I never see the stars in the spring or summer. But hey, beach!
 
2014-05-23 07:44:10 PM  

GypsyJoker: Heading out to do a public astronomy program.  May report from the front lines a couple of times if anything's happening.


If one of the falling stars happens to impact the ground and resembles a cylinder, don't approach it.
 
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