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Patrad Fischroy
11-06-2008, 04:22 PM
Just an FYI if you have clear skies tonight

From WWW.Spaceweather.com

TAURID METEOR SHOWER: The annual Taurid meteor shower is underway and it could
be a good show. 2008 is a "swarm year" for the Taurids. Between Nov. 5th and
12th, Earth is due to pass through an unusually dense swarm of gritty debris
from parent comet 2P/Encke. When a similar encounter happened in 2005, sky
watchers observed a slow drizzle of midnight fireballs for nearly two weeks.
Whether 2008 will be as good as 2005, however, remains to be seen. In 2005, the
swarm encounter was more central; Earth passed through the middle of the cloud.
In 2008, forecasters believe we are closer to the outskirts. How much this will
affect the shower, no one knows. The best time to look is during the hours
around midnight when the constellation Taurus is high in the sky.

11-06-2008, 06:28 PM
well thats a good time to go look when the dog has to go out at 1am :D

thanks for the link to that site a lot of nice info there

KD Talbot
11-06-2008, 07:01 PM
:mad: Rain for the next few days here, but will check if it clears.


Bill O
11-06-2008, 07:16 PM
If anybody happened to be flying over the Arctic Ocean last night there was an amazing Aurora display.

11-06-2008, 07:22 PM
And which direction should I look (if I am in Maine) to find these showers?

KD Talbot
11-06-2008, 07:32 PM
"around midnight when the constellation Taurus is high in the sky."

If you need more direction than that email Javier. ;)


11-06-2008, 07:34 PM
And which direction should I look (if I am in Maine) to find these showers?

Up? :D

http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2008/05nov08/skymap_taurids.gif?PHPSESSID=brn05b0qb91ohur5n0sf1 29i41
source: spaceweather.com

11-07-2008, 05:28 AM
Thanks. I can understand "east over Orion". But, toss my neighbor's Ford Taurus in the air and look for it is beyond me.

11-07-2008, 08:32 AM
Directly into the garden hose nozzle and pull the handle.

And which direction should I look (if I am in Maine) to find these showers?

Patrad Fischroy
11-07-2008, 08:34 AM
Also the newer version of Google Earth has a neat feature called, I think sky view. On the view menu click on switch to sky and yo can view the sky in whatever direction from anywhere on earth.

11-08-2008, 03:48 PM
:mad: Rain for the next few days here, but will check if it clears.


Same here Kevin. It's been raining here in Tamworth for the last 3 days, and might get a glimpse of the sky tomorrow night just to have it rain again monday :mad:

Patrad Fischroy
11-16-2008, 05:32 PM
Another meteor shower and perhaps some more forboding news of planets in conjuction. In my mind merely a pretty sight to see.

Space Weather News for Nov. 16, 2008

EVENING PLANETS: When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look
southwest. The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, are shining through the
twilight side by side. You'll want to keep an eye on these two because they are
drawing noticeably closer together every night. Venus and Jupiter are
converging on a patch of sky in Sagittarius where they will have a spectacular
double-conjunction with the Moon at the end of the month. Don't wait until then,
though. Visit http://spaceweather.com for sky maps and start watching now.

LEONID METEOR WATCH: The Leonid meteor shower peaks this year on Nov. 17th and
18th. Bright moonlight will probably spoil the show, but not necessarily.
Researchers who study Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, the source of the Leonids, say
Earth is going to pass through one or two of the comet's dusty filaments. Peak
rates of 20 to 100 meteors per hour are possible during the early hours of Nov.
17th (especially 0000-0200 UT) and again during the waning hours of Nov. 18th
(around 2130 UT). These times favor sky watchers in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Smaller numbers of Leonids could appear between the anticipated peak times.
Meteor enthusiasts everywhere should monitor the sky on Nov. 17th and 18th; the
hours before local dawn are usually best.

Steve M
11-17-2008, 12:18 PM
Cool stuff, I'll check it out from down here and let you know what I see. We should have nice clear skies tonight.