Last Leonid shower for 3 decades.

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  1. Mary M S

    Mary M S Screenwriter

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    Tonight, for East Texas viewers between 3 and 5:30 am.
    Comet debris from Tempel-Tuttle. I believe the predictions are for a fairly busy hour at peak times. Although the moons current phase will interfere.
     
  2. Jeff Ulmer

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    I watched these last year and it was great. This year it's pouring rain, so no meteors for me...
     
  3. Joseph Howard

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    Ahem... small correction. The Leonid meteor shower
    is an annual event as the Earth passes thru the debris
    field of the Comet Tempel-Tuttle as this time each year.
    So this will not be the last show for three decades.

    True, the comet has a 33 year orbit and passed by recently.
    So the comet won't come by and re-enrich the inner part of the
    debris field that the Earth passes through for awhile, but that
    field will still be there and we encounter the field
    at slightly different locations each year with debris
    that is also in motion in its own (particle) orbits.

    It might be better to say that this *might* be the last
    opportunity for a *good* leonid meteor shower for 3
    decades, but the shower will continue annually
    probably varying up and down from year to year.

    My personal wish is to see a meteor storm someday like
    the Leonid Meteor storm of 1966. (Storm is much stronger
    than the typical shower)


    FYI

    Dr. Joe
     
  4. Armando Zamora

    Armando Zamora Second Unit

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    This morning was my first time watching a meteor shower...that was really neat!!! Pretty wild scene up there in our skies.
     
  5. Dennis Reno

    Dennis Reno Supporting Actor

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    Solid clouds and rain here in SE Michigan [​IMG]
     
  6. Bjorn Olav Nyberg

    Bjorn Olav Nyberg Supporting Actor

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    Actually I and a friend stayed up all night and watched this as well. they didn't come as often as I thought, but it was pretty clear, so I guess we could see it pretty well.

    According to Norwegian newspapers this was pretty rare though, the next occurence would be in 2098 or 2131? does this mean they are completely clueless, or have they just misunderstood anything?

    According to a norwegian astronomer, at times the activity approached storm...
     

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