Meteor shower 11/18
I think there may not be a lot but a few that may share my interest in astronomy and appreciate the buzz I felt watching this sky show (like the first ride on Nitro or other new hypercoaster). There was some hype in the news media and like Nitro, I was not disappointed! I live in a semi rural area in NJ with no bright lights. Went out in the backyard at 4 AM and meteors were about 1 per minute. By 4:45 these pups were phlying at about 1 per 5 seconds average with some bursts of 3 per second lasting about 10 seconds and thats considering being able to watch about 1/5 of the sky at one time. Most of these were bright green streaks leaving glowing trails that lasts 2 seconds. Occasionally a very bright one streaks by and leaves a glowing smoke trail, like the space shuttle launches, that lasts over a minute. Just for perspective, I would see a meteor every 10-15 minutes while stargazing on an ordinary night. I recognized a few head-ons since they did not streak but looked like small bright explosions or a bright "blink" in one spot in the sky. Only 3 superbright fireballs in the hour though. I was getting cold and it seemed to peak about 4:45 so I called it a night at 5:15. In all, a unique and great show that (at least for me) worth getting up that early for. Cya -Emil-
Emil I personally am not all that much into astonomy (weather is my interest), however my father is. I donno if he got up for the event at 4am, but we were watching them around 12:30 to 1 and saw a few fly by. It was a pretty cool, it was the first time I had seen a meteor shower. I wish I had gotten to see the major shower.
It was pretty good here in Atlanta.We watched for around an hour and saw well over 100.Not too bad with all the lights we have around here.
I was working a side job delivering newspapers in a rural area with hardly any lights and the show was fanatastic. Around 4am, I was seeing them at a rate of 1 per 3-5 seconds. I had a large interest in Astronomy as a kid especially after witnessing the total solar eclipse in the Pacific northwest back on February, 1979, but now it's more of a closet interest. My mother in law bought my son a telescope with a television connection for Christmas. I can't wait to use it (LOL)
I live in Northern VA around 45 minutes west of Washington D.C. Unfortunately there was some fog which really limited what I could see. Me and my wife saw maybe 15 or so meteors in 30 minutes. I liked the ones that had the green glowing trails. I only saw like 2 of them, but they were really neat.