Quick Leonids update

4 years 10 months ago #102389 by Fermidox
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Crystal clear skies at 5am, but only saw three Leonids in a 45-minute spell, two quite faint and the other not particularly brilliant either. So roll on the next storm in 2099 B)

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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #102392 by dave_lillis
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Is it not every 33 years, making it 2032 or so ?

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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #102393 by Fermidox
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They don't happen every 33 years because the Earth doesn't encounter the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle at every return. So there was a gap between the showers of 1866 and 1966 eg, and similarly now for the rest of this century.

Edit: sorry that should be Tempel-Tuttle.

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4 years 10 months ago #102395 by johnomahony
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I saw two really bright fireballs around 5am on Monday morning on my way up to Ballina (near Galway). Quite a sight while driving.

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4 years 10 months ago #102396 by dave_lillis
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I thought the 1966 Leonids was one of the greatest meteor showers ever witnessed (visible in the us at the time), ah well...
Oh course with meteor showers, we can say that past performance is not a guarantee of future returns :)

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4 years 10 months ago #102397 by stevie
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Meteor showers, comets and the planet Mars.

The three most over-rated, over-hyped and underwhelming things in astronomy.

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4 years 10 months ago #102399 by Neill
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There was a super bright meteor up here in NI last night. Saw it myself, was a lovely sight.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30107326

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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #102402 by michael_murphy
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I believe saw that from Dublin. It was around the same time and direction.

Not too bright from here tho.

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