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  AMS Meteor Showers page
Meteor showers are usually named for the constellation in which their radiant lies at the time of shower maximum.
Sporadic meteors are those random meteors not associated with a particular shower; they are the random detritus left over from the creation of the solar system or are old dispersed debris not recognizable today as shower meteors.
Meteor activity is best seen in the absence of moonlight so showers reaching maximum activity when the moon is less than 10 days old or more than 25 are much more favorably observed than those situated closer to the full moon.
www.amsmeteors.org /showers.html#major   (1489 words)

 meteor shower
Meteors seen to fan out from a single point in the sky, known as the radiant, in a burst of activity lasting for several hours or days.
A meteor shower consists of dusty debris, spread out along part of the orbit of a parent body, usually a comet, which Earth intersects at the time each year.
The Leonids are famous for this, normally putting on a modest annual show of up to 15 meteors per hour but, every 33 years or so, when the parent comet, Tempel-Tuttle, is at perihelion and in Earth's neighborhood, capable of staging a meteor storm.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/M/meteor_shower.html   (386 words)

 meteor shower
The trails of the meteors of a meteor shower all appear to be traceable back to a single point in the sky, known as the radiant point, or radiant.
A shower is named for the constellation in which its radiant is located, e.g., the Lyrids appear to come from a point in Lyra, the Perseids from Perseus, and the Orionids from Orion.
The Perseids - A meteor shower is an increase in the number of meteors observed in a particular part of the sky.
www.factmonster.com /ce6/sci/A0832903.html   (294 words)

 C&MS: The Taurids   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The 24 double-station and single-station meteors representing the Northern Taurids revealed a duration of October 17-December 1, with the radiant moving from RA=44.6 deg, DEC=+19.0 deg to RA=67.5 deg, DEC=24.5 deg.
Also, the radio Taurids appearing on the same day as the bright photographic Taurids have their radiants, on an average, shifted eastward." Sekanina said the most notable difference in the orbital elements was in the longitude of perihelion, which varied from the photographic orbits by nearly 10 deg.
Visual details of the Taurid meteors have not been lacking during the last two decades, though it is unfortunate that the two streams are rarely separated due to their closeness to one another.
comets.amsmeteors.org /meteors/showers/taurids.html   (3023 words)

 Meteor and Meteor Shower   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Meteors are bright trails of light in the sky when interplanetary particles or meteorites enter the Earth's atmosphere at high speed and burn in friction.
Meteor showers typically last a few hours to a few days and recur every year though with varying intensities.
The generation of this meteor stream is similar to those generated from comets.
www.weather.gov.hk /gts/event/event-meteor_e.htm   (169 words)

 Night skies in the Axarquia on the Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain
The Leonids meteor shower is at its best from the 16th to the 18th and the Taurids meteor shower continues from late October until late November.
The Leonids meteor shower lasts from the 14th to the 20th November with maximum meteors occurring from the 16th -18th.
The best time to observe a meteor shower is between midnight and sunrise when the dark side of the Earth is facing directly into the streams of debris.
www.absoluteaxarquia.com /nightsky/night_sky_november_2004.html   (1327 words)

 NASA - Fireball Sightings
Before the night was over, reports of meteors "brighter than a full moon" were streaming in from coast to coast.
According to the International Meteor Organization, the Taurid shower peaks between Nov. 5th and Nov. 12th (details).
Comet Encke -- (APOD) The source of the Taurid meteor shower is an unusual comet.
science.nasa.gov /headlines/y2005/03nov_taurids.htm?list210666   (686 words)

 Meteor Shower, eclipse, stargazing cruises Hawaii 2005 2006
Typical Lyrid meteors are nearly as bright as the main stars in the Big Dipper, which makes it a good shower for both beginning and experienced observers.
Although the Taurids meteor stream is spread over a few weeks, it peaks for only a couple of nights.
While the shower's overall duration is much shorter than that of the Perseids, there is a definite plateau of maximum activity.
www.sailhawaii.com /meteorshower.html   (959 words)

 Meteor Shower Nov Baby Birth & Maternity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Leonid meteor showers occur every November, but the 1998 shower is expected to be the most intense in 30 years.
The 2001 Leonid meteor shower, which peaked Nov. 18, provided the greatest show of shooting stars since 1966.
The 2003 Leonid Meteor Shower An unusual double Leonid meteor shower is going to peak in Nov. 2003 over parts of Asia and North America.
maternity.educationnews.org /meteor-shower-nov.html   (411 words)

 S.T.A.R.S. - Meteor Showers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Meteor observing is fun and requires only a dark sky.
A reclining lawn chair, binoculars to examine smoke or ionization trails and a perhaps sleeping bag to stay warm are typical meteor observers equipment.
Although you'll be able to see meteors or "shooting stars" all night, for most meteor showers the best time to observe the highest number of meteors per hour is in the pre-dawn hours.
www.upstateastro.org /stars/meteors.html   (217 words)

 International Meteor Organization | International Collaboration in Meteor Science
The collection of meteor observations by several methods from all around the world ensures the comprehensive study of meteor showers and their relation to comets and interplanetary dust.
This 25th edition of the International Meteor Conference was hosted by the Meteor Section of the Royal Dutch Association for Meteorology and Astronomy, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
In the evening the birthday of the IMC and the meteor section was celebrated with a barbeque and live music.
www.imo.net   (628 words)

To see a meteor shower at its best the radiant must be more than halfway up in the sky.
Unfortunately most showers are best seen only during the early morning hours.
These showers are best left to the most experienced observers who use plotting and velocity to determine a meteors classification.
www.lpl.arizona.edu /~rhill/alpo/meteorstuff/metshwr.html   (255 words)

 Destination: Taurids meteor shower; The Hawaiian islands provide the perfect backdrop for one of the best shows under ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Like all meteor showers, the Taurids are created when the Earth's orbit intersects with a comet's orbit, spreading a small fragment of cosmic debris into the atmosphere and producing a two-month-long stream of shimmering lights and shooting stars.
The Taurids are particularly notable for their bright, relatively slow and exceptionally long trains, which make for excellent stargazing and photography.
Although the Taurids meteor showers do attract visitors, tourist season in Hawaii does not start until December, so availability should not be a problem.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0OQD/is_8_9/ai_n15683102   (777 words)

 2005 METEOR SHOWERS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Lyrids produce fairly fast meteors with a reputation for being faint on average (not auspicious in view of the bright moonlight).  Nights adjacent to the peak will be even less worth watching.
The South Delta Aquarids are medium-speed meteors, and tend to be faint on average.
The Geminids are a beautiful, prolific and reliable shower.  What a shame that their 2005 return has to coincide with Full Moon.  Dry, clear air will help a lot with the lunar glare, but it will be difficult to achieve maximum rates of 20 Geminids/hour even at the best sites.
skytour.homestead.com /met2005.html   (696 words)

 Meteor Shower
Choose a meteor shower to observe and prepare ahead of time by making a star chart of the constellation (and those that surround it) from which the meteors will radiate.
The best time to observe a meteor shower is very late at night – after midnight is optimal.
The observer will watch for meteors and the recorder will record the time of each meteor and draw the path of each meteor through the sky on the star chart.
physics.weber.edu /johnston/astro/observations/meteor.htm   (376 words)

 Meteor shower likely cause of light show. 07/11/2005. ABC News Online
Bright lights: Dr Lomb says the Taurids meteor shower might be responsible.
The Sydney observatory says it is possible a bright light seen streaking across the city sky last night was part of a meteor shower.
He says it might have belonged to a meteor stream called Taurids that is associated with the comet Encke, which circles the sun every three years.
www.abc.net.au /news/newsitems/200511/s1498952.htm   (264 words)

 Astronomy Meteor Shower Maternity Portal BR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Researcher Ursula B. Marvin presented evidence that the meteor shower that struck Siena, Italy, on June 16, 1794, prompted the first scientific investigations...(Continue Reading)
Meteor showers, fireball sightings, visual and radio observing, spectroscopy, and publications of Geneseo, New York.
Aftermath of a meteor shower - unusually intense shower of Perseid meteors on August 11, 1993 - Brief Article
maternitytime.gayamerican.org /astronomy-meteor-shower.html   (377 words)

 Unusual Fireballs Brighten Night, Likely Meteor Shower   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
But the most likely explanation, according to meteor expert David Asher, is that sky watchers this year are seeing an unusually bright version of the annual Taurid meteor shower.
Larger particles in the dust create a meteor shower called the Taurids, so named because the streaks appear to come from the constellation Taurus.
The pair also predicted what they dubbed swarm years, when the Taurids would be especially bright—2005 was on their list.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2005/11/1104_051104_fireballs.html   (444 words)

Lyrids produce fairly fast meteors with a reputation for being faint on average.  Nights adjacent to the peak usually aren't worth watching, but observations on the morning of April 23 would be valuable to determine this year's activity profile.
The shower has a very long duration, from about July 15 through August 25.  The shower is most interesting around its peak on August 12 or 13.
Perseids are fast meteors and tend to be fairly bright on average.  An occasional fireball is seen, but these seem to depend on the luck of the draw.
skytour.homestead.com /met2006.html   (1022 words)

 Cap’n Bob & the Damsel » The Sky is Falling!
It’s the annual Taurids meteor shower, seen as the Earth passes through the orbit of Comet Encke.
Most years the Taurid shower is weak, producing few meteors, mostly dim.
Earth may be passing through a “swarm” of pebbles and rocks within the larger cloud of Taurid space dust.
capnbob.us /blog/?p=88   (219 words)

 The American Meteor Society
Welcome to the home of the American Meteor Society, Ltd., a non-profit scientific organization established to encourage and support the research activities of both amateur and professional astronomers who are interested in the fascinating field of Meteor Astronomy.
We are an organization of amateur and professional meteor scientists and observers founded in 1911, with a common goal of studying meteors: - bright fireballs, the annual meteor showers, and the random sporadic meteors that appear every night.
Anyone, regardless of prior knowledge or skill, interested in observing meteors and advancing meteor science is welcome to become an affiliate of the AMS.
www.amsmeteors.org   (528 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
(This meteor shower may be glimpsed coming out *br*of the constellation of Taurus the Bull between Nov. 3rd-Nov. 13th.
(This shower is predicted in either '98 or '99 to *br*be quite potent and dramatic.
These meteors are associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle, and will *br*appear to come from the constellation Leo the Lion.
www.summerlands.com /crossroads/scripts/bruidhean/messages/201.txt   (302 words)

 whatsonwhen.com - Taurids Meteor Shower
These flurries, now known to be meteor showers, are produced by small fragments of cosmic debris speeding into the Earth's atmosphere.
The Taurids are a favourite with astrophotographers due to the brightness and relative slowness of the fireballs produced.
Dark skies are guaranteed for optimum viewing, and while it is impossible to predict the exact date of the shower, if you're here on these dates, you won't miss it.
www.whatsonwhen.com /events/~6404.jml   (292 words)

 South Florida CEO: Destination: Taurids meteor shower; The Hawaiian islands provide the perfect backdrop for one of the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Destination: Taurids meteor shower; The Hawaiian islands provide the perfect backdrop for one of the best shows under the stars.(EXECUTIVE TRAVEL)
The awe-inspiring stream of lights has been called "one of the best free shows in the heavens" by astronomers and has been a favorite of both amateur and professional stargazers since its 1869 discovery.
Like all meteor showers, the Taurids are created when the Earth's orbit intersects with a comet's orbit, spreading a small fragment of cosmic debris into the atmosphere and producing a two-month-long stream of...
highbeam.com /doc/1G1:137399429/Destination~C~+Taurids+meteor+...   (205 words)

 Heshvan 5761 (Oct - Nov 2000)
November 2, 1917 - The famous Balfour Declaration was issued on this date.
November 7, 1941 - In the Ukraine and Belorussia, the Nazis celebrated the anniversary of the Russian Revolution on this date by mass killings of Jews.
November 17, 2000 - Leonids Meteor Shower Peak
philologos.org /bpr/files/Calendar/5761/02.heshvan.htm   (102 words)

 PlanetBlog » Blog Archive » Spectacular Taurids Meteors this year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The Taurids Meteor Shower which peaks between Nov. 5th and Nov. 12th is upon us.
The meteors seem to stream out of Taurus hence the name “Taurids”.
The Earth takes about a week to traverse the cloud of dust and debris so it is not as spectacular as the well known “Leonids” but with this year’s fireball display, the wait between flashes might just be worth it.
planetblog.homelinux.org /?p=55   (225 words)

 backdrop - oceanimages.ca   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
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[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like all meteor showers, the Taurids are created when the Earth's orbit intersects with a comet'
Clarifying tomatoes: their water makes a flavorful backdrop for summer entrees - Food: Guide - juicing tomatoes - includes salmon recipe
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 Leonids Meteor Shower: Other Meteor Showers
The Leonids are not the only meteor shower to watch.
Below is a list of the better known showers and the beginning and ending dates.
Thunderstones and Shooting Stars: Meteors and Meteorites in Folklore
starryskies.com /The_sky/events/meteors/other-meteor-showers.html   (101 words)

 South Florida CEO
Sep 2005 :: Inside This Issue :: South Florida Life :: Destination: Taurids Meteor Shower
SouthFloridaCEO magazine presents an insider’s look at the commercial real estate market from Miami-Dade to Broward to Palm Beach County.
The Hawaiian islands provide the perfect backdrop for one of the best shows under the stars.
www.southfloridaceo.com /article179.html   (771 words)

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