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throwing rocks at the sky [Nov. 19th, 2002|06:12 am]
Roy Janik
OR: click on the horribly unfunny comic to learn about God's plan and the real truth about dinosaurs!
just got back from viewing the Leonids meteor shower with Eric and Dave. It's supposed to be the last one until 2090something, but I don't really trust astronomers, ya know? Anyhow, it was fun. We drove to end of Loop 1, which is hilarious in and of itself, and then turned left. We pulled over on a side street precisely at 4:22am, the peak time of the shower. We got out some blankets and watched the sky.

Due to the full moon and clouds, viewing conditions were less than ideal, but we still saw quite a few meteors... even some of the super bright green ones with lingering trails. Dave brought some tea along, too. At one point I thought I heard a raccoon, and Eric coincidentally brushed my leg. Within a second I had jumped up to my feet, and somehow scared Dave into doing the same.

Also, Eric made a turbin out of some sweatpants in his trunk, so we were pretty sure that when the inevitable redneck with a sawed-off shotgun showed up, he'd mistake us for terrorists and give us what for.

Eventually, the cloud cover lifted, and we got a pretty good show. After about an hour, the last meteor streaked across the sky and scrawled out the words,"The End??" in flowerly meteor cursive, so we went home.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2002-11-19 10:52 am (UTC)
I think you've been had. The meteor swings by every 33 years. Now, it may not be as impressive due to how close it gets or something, but they'll be more Leonids showers in the 2030s.

Never trust an Astronomer! (I got my info from an Astrologist.)
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2002-11-19 11:00 am (UTC)
The problem is that the Leonids comet will be pulled out of position by Jupiter in 2029. So while the meteors themselves will be around again in 33 years, they will not have been reseeded by the comet. So instead of roughly 5000 meteors per hour at peak, we'll be getting a few hundred... hardly a show, considering that even last night in Austin with suposedly 2000 an hour I didn't see that many. Supossedly, by 2098 the comet will be back in position.

Not that it matters. Within 20 years we'll be making our own meteor showers anyhow. probably with nifty colours and advertisements.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2002-11-19 12:22 pm (UTC)
By that time we'll have plenty of old decrepit satellites plummeting back to Earth, and other disposable ones they use for a few days and then let burn up. Every night will be a party!
OH, the Future!
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[User Picture]From: cailin23
2002-11-19 01:12 pm (UTC)
nice link there, roy-bo. i couldn't help but notice the lack of discussion of a park on the moon filled with dinos.
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[User Picture]From: quaskye
2002-11-19 02:38 pm (UTC)

ummm....

That link makes me want to die

especially after seeing a large crowd gathered on the West Mall arguing about christianity (in the center was that old guy from the corner), and, of all things, being filmed by a news crew. Like debates about Christianity were something new and exciting. vomit.
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[User Picture]From: platkat
2002-11-20 01:50 pm (UTC)

I thought the comic was funny. *shrug*

The end of the world will be okay too.
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