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Old 08-13-2007, 02:55 AM   #31
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We saw a few tonight before the clouds rolled in. Some really bright ones too
I just saw four beautiful ones...the first and last were especially intense. So fast! Light-speed. I had a bit of a neck-thing happening at first, but I overcame it by lying down on my concrete path...the only drawback was that I quickly became the same cool temperature as said path. A little misty now...next meteor shower, I'm heading out of the city!
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Old 08-13-2007, 03:25 AM   #33
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lol. i even thought about laying down on the sidewalk here.
but then i saw the security guard outside.
so i ran back inside till he left.
after waiting a few more minutes and my neck really hurting now i came back in.
i still haven't seen another one.
it's funny how your eyes start to play tricks on you though and you keep wondering if you saw one or not.
then you realize it's just a bug flying around.
i'll go out around 3 and 3:30 again but then i'll probably call it quits till the leonid meteor shower in november.
ehm wait that's the week of my civil service wedding when i'll be in the netherlands so i may not get to see that one.
guess i will have to wait till next year.
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I stood looking out my window between 2:30am to about 3:50am and only saw 4 shooting stars.. I take it they were just regular ones and nothing to do with the meteor display because they didn't look like anything you described . The clouds cleared up too, but I still couldn't see anything. Is their one every year? I'll have to try again sometime!!
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Meh didn't get to see any, it was too cloudy here

Hope to see some pics somewhere though
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we went outside for about 10-15 minutes around 12:15am. Didn't really see much. I saw 2 of something flashing by. My neck hurt too much to keep trying to look. Hubby assisted me while I sat in a chair and he tilted it back Then the neighborhood possums arrived, and we had enough. Wish we could have seen more - oh well...
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What color are these meteor's supposed to be? I was just outside and saw a couple circular red flashy things zip across the sky, but I didn't think they were meteors

definitely not a plane though, maybe a satellite
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I just saw white lines flashing across the sky.. I didn't see anything colourful
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I saw about 22 between 2.30 and 4am.

Amazing sight!! First time I seen anything like it.
Lots white/yellow long streaks in the sky that lasted about a second, if you blink you'd miss them. And they accurd about 1 every 5mins for me.

I think the 7th one I saw was the brightest, that thing was huge
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we set our clock for 2 AM and saw about 3 then went back to bed and i got up again at 5:30 but we had clouds then. it was cool but not like the time i saw them in Colorado in Nov 2001. too many city lights here.
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Well I only saw the one, but it was a big one and definitely had a yellow color to it. Usually when I see meteor showers in the past also they are mostly just fast white streaks of light, some yellow... once in awhile if you're lucky you'll get a nice big slower one. Not sure what the red flashes were that you saw I'm ready. Maybe they could have been meteors, but also not sure about the circular part. hmm
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I went out at 10 and saw about 6 of them in about half an hour, it was awesome. I would have stayed out longer but my neck was hurting, even though I watched them while reclining in my chaise lounge. It was starting to get cloudy too.
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What color are these meteor's supposed to be? I was just outside and saw a couple circular red flashy things zip across the sky, but I didn't think they were meteors

definitely not a plane though, maybe a satellite
if it had a red blinking light it was a plane.
probably one flying at a high altitude.
meteors would have a streaking tail (sometime short, sometimes long) and they can be different colors from reddish to yellowish to even bluish green.

a satellite would look white just like a star except it would be moving.
usually satellites are seen earlier in the evening before 10pm or so when they can still relfect the sun which is why we see them in the first place.
not because they have lights on them.

i still only saw the one meteor i saw.
i only checked once or twice after my last post before i finally went to bed around 3am.
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It was pretty good but I was a bit disappointed as the newspaper said it was expected to have 60-120 meteors per hour between 12 and 3 am we probably saw around 30-40 in total, here's a couple of pics to bad I didn't catch any with my camera







still it was pretty cool just watching at the stars for hours
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I stood looking out my window between 2:30am to about 3:50am and only saw 4 shooting stars.. I take it they were just regular ones and nothing to do with the meteor display because they didn't look like anything you described . The clouds cleared up too, but I still couldn't see anything. Is their one every year? I'll have to try again sometime!!
there are several meteor showers per year.
the perseids in august and the leonids in november are probably the most famous.
here's a link that i found with a calendar of meteor showers for 2007:
http://www.jas.org.jo/meto.html
the last column on the calendar in the link gives the estimated number of meteors per hour.
(ZHR The Zenithal Hourly Rate of a meteor shower is the number of meteors from that shower that a single observer with an unobstructed view would see in one hour if the meteor shower radiant was directly overhead and the Limiting Magnitude was 6.5. Under less favourable observing conditions, the number of shower meteors seen is likely to be somewhat lower.)

as far as the meteors you saw, you were probably seeing the same meteor shower.
the intensity and legth of the tail depends on the angle to the earth's atmosphere and your angle to the zenith (the point directly overhead).
the meteors earlier in the evening that come in 'skimming' the earth's atmosphere usually have longer tails and a bit more brilliant.
later in the evening when the earth is pointed more towards the debris from the tail of the comet the meteors are shorter.
the meteors seem to be coming from a 'fixed radiant'.
the meteor showers get their names from the constellation that is closest to the fixed radient.
i.e. the perseid meteor showers seem to be coming from the constellation persius.

a few years ago i stayed up till about 4am and watched the leonid meteor shower one november.
we saw the big fireballs earlier in the evening.
about 4am there were hundereds of itty bitty meteors with short tails.
they were coming straight from leo the lion.
although the meteors were plain short and white it was amazing to see so many coming from one spot like that.
many of the meteors were faint and really fast and wouldn't be seen from light polluted areas.

i also found this on one of the nasa websites:

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What does a meteor's color mean?

The material and speed of a meteoroid determine its color as it streaks across the sky:

Element Color
Sodium: Orange-yellow
Iron: Yellow
Magnesium: Blue-green
Calcium: Violet
Silicon: Red
hope that all helps.
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