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Viewing Leonid Meteor Shower?

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stuey_thekid

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I used to be into astronomy a bit when I was younger. I read about the Leonid shower recently and wanted to give some youngins in my life a small, hopefully fascinating, introduction to it tomorrow night during the peak. Which direction in the night sky should everyone be looking from Central Florida? Thanks.
 
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MeteorWayne

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stuey, there's a thread in Space Science and Astronomy (started by moi <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> ) with a discussion of the Leonids.<br />For a quick answer to your question, no particular direction, whichever part of the sky is the darkest From North through East to South.<br /><br />The bad news is Leonids are not visible before 11PM, so everybody take a nap early (like I do) then go out later. The later the better.<br /><br />Meteor Wayne<br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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blazincajun

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Would that 10pm central? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Nope, that would be 11PM central as well.<br />Since the time zones are based on the earth's rotation, the time that the radiant rises pretty much stays the same, + or - the width of the time zone.<br />If you give me a general location I can look up the exact time. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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blazincajun

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Baton Rouge, La<br /><br />thanks <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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OK, for you the radiant rises about 11:15 PM.<br />That means that at the time of the possible Leonid enhancement on Saturday night (11:45-00:15) you might see <~ 10% of the ZHR, depending on how dark your sky is. If the ZHR turns out to be 100, you could see 10 per hour, or one every 6 minutes ON AVERAGE. The Taurids will also give you a few per hour (of very slow meteors) during that same period. Of course, these are predictions, not facts. That's what I like about meteor showers. Sometimes forecasts are good, sometimes not. For example, this year's Orionids, in mid October produced rates 3 times what was expected. So you never know unless you look!<br /><br />Good luck, hope the skies are clear! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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blazincajun

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Hey man thanks alot.<br /><br />Every time I get a chance to see some of these meteor showers it's too cloudy. I hope it's clear this weekend.<br /><br />thanks again. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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By the way the next one is the Geminids, probably the best annual shower of the year in mid December. Hourly rates are reliably over 100 per hour, and because the radiant is high in the sky, we get to see a large percentage of that.<br />I'll post in Space Science and Astronomy when it gets close.<br /><br />MW <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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blazincajun

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Cool, I'll keep an eye out for it.<br />thanks <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Hope you're not Blazin when you're watching for meteors. You'll ruin my night vision <img src="/images/icons/cool.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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blazincajun

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No if I was blazin I would probably be sleeping by 11:00. <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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That's why there are dampers, keep the fire smoldering, then add some oxygen and Boingo! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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blazincajun

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That is the funniest thing I have read on this board. <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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