View Full Version : Meteor Shower tonight

11-17-2009, 02:58 PM
The annual Leonid Meteor Shower peaks tonight at just after 2100 zulu. The UK would have good view if it weren't for the rain. The east coast of the US will be a bit after the peak just after night falls and may see quite a few meteors. The west coast will not be as active by the time it is dark here but it is still worth having a look as soon as it becomes dark. Look toward the east which is where the meteors will seem to originate.

Frank Ford
11-17-2009, 02:59 PM
'spect we'll have city lights as usual here tonight. . .

11-17-2009, 03:03 PM
Yep, and it will be cloudy tonight here.

Pete F
11-17-2009, 03:21 PM
Thanks for the heads up. I was vaguely aware of it, but not the particulars. We'll check it out when it gets dark.


11-17-2009, 05:12 PM
I'll get to test out the switches on my security lights. I had the electrician put switches on our dusk-to-dawn lights just for such a purpose.

He looked at me kind of funny when I told him why I wanted the switches. :D

11-17-2009, 05:31 PM
It's still worth having a look Frank, even in the city. The Leonid shower is produced by the debris trailing after comet Temple-Tuttle and it contains some rocks big enough to produce bolides. They can be seen in broad daylight. Every year at this time the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by the comet. Hopefully it will continue to work out that way. We wouldn't want to get the really BIG meteor...

11-17-2009, 06:06 PM
Meteor showers in wales, Rain showers more like it, i havent even seen the sky from here since 1979, i've got a telescope, it was cheap to make as it required no optics or stand my wiufe calls it a length of drain pipe.
i like old planes but ive only ever seen a meteor in a museum, i think a lot of them fell out of the sky too, or was that comets.
i hope those of you with clear sky enjoy
old joke; is that the sun or the moon, I dont know i'm from Port Talbot [S Wales]

11-17-2009, 06:06 PM

Thanks for the reminder! I'll have to head out when it gets dark and see what I can see.

andy b.

11-17-2009, 06:08 PM
rain here tonight..

oil mac
11-17-2009, 06:13 PM
Hey guys, have you ever heard the story, that after a meteor shower, there is a greater rise in cases of Meningitis, and other brain troubles in children, Is this an old wives tale, or is there any rational explanation?
Strange to say the Tibetans have a dread of Meteor showers &comets,Which they class as omens of misfortune .

11-17-2009, 06:36 PM
Rain and wind storm forecast for tonight here.

Your Old Dog
11-17-2009, 06:50 PM
I wanted to watch but they said the best time around Western NY would be 4-5AM. Much to late for me. Now, had they scheduled them for 8 or 9pm I might have been able to stay up late enough :D

11-17-2009, 07:04 PM
There was a pretty spectacular fireball/meteor last Friday evening visible here in eastern Maine. Don't know whether it was part of the Loeonids or not, but it sure was neat.

Weston Bye
11-17-2009, 07:39 PM
...they said the best time around Western NY would be 4-5AM...

Hmmm... maybe just a tad later here in Michigan? Just about the time I usually get up. I expected to miss it, but I may have a look.

11-17-2009, 07:56 PM
The best time WAS about 2 hours ago. That is when the Earth passed through the densest part of the debris trail. You should go have a look as soon as it becomes dark enough, which it already is on the east coast.

Pete F
11-17-2009, 09:09 PM
Wouldn't ya know it. Last night, I could see the milky way with the patio lights on. Tonight, here comes that old marine layer. Can barely see the stars.

I'll keep an eye out while I grill the chicken, maybe I'll see something.


Tony Ennis
11-17-2009, 09:12 PM
I've looked many times, but I have never seen a meteor shower.

J Tiers
11-18-2009, 12:22 AM
Big freakin rainstorm two days now, with one to go yet.

Missed the August one also........ yep, rain then also, IIRC.

doctor demo
11-18-2009, 12:34 AM
Clouds moved in right befor sun down, raining now:( .


11-18-2009, 10:26 AM
For those of us who had no chance to see the meteor shower, Ctein describes a consolation prize, here:

11-18-2009, 10:36 AM
Please wear a good hard hat. Hate to loose you to a stray comet or piece of space rock Buddy.