View Full Version : Taurid meteor shower.

3rd Nov 2005, 18:57
An excellent meteor shower is underway, I watched lots of bright ones last week from the west coast of Ireland, saw a cracker one night, unbelievable, and the main event hasn't really started yet.

Check out more HERE (http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/03nov_taurids.htm)

Let us know what you see :ok:

3rd Nov 2005, 21:41
To view, look South and try to find Mars (brightest thing in the sky and reddish), which travels in the sky along the same plane as the Moon (which is very low tonight, near Mercury @ 2300UTC) usually does. Can't miss it tonight!

Look in the 7 o'clock position about 3 fingers away from Mars and that should put your eyes around the 'emergence area'.
Just popped out to check the explanation above and observed 3 meteor streaks in about a minute. (Eyes not yet adjusted!)

Skymap from http://www.skymaps.com/skymaps/esmn0511.pdf

The showers peak on the 12th with, if you're lucky, fireballs.

Beautiful night here tonight, Telescope out!
Must get Mrs Sid to have a look! :E


3rd Nov 2005, 21:44
Ooh Sid,

I just encountered a 403 Forbidden Access Error on your link. Looks like I'll have to put my Astrophysics degree into use then, doesn't it! ;)



African Tech Rep
3rd Nov 2005, 22:17
If you got that and one in Languages – there’s a guy called Zephod looking for you

3rd Nov 2005, 22:37
Whirlygig;I just encountered a 403 Forbidden Access Error on your link. Looks like I'll have to put my Astrophysics degree into use then, doesn't it! Or why not do what the mere mortals would do and click where it says, "Return to Skymaps.com (http://www.skymaps.com/)" or because you are so keen to tell us you are so smart, break down the link url until it works and tell us how to do it?

I'll keep the original link there, so all can see how difficult that task can be :rolleyes: But here is the link to get the skymap for the month. North or South Hemisphere.


Jordan D
3rd Nov 2005, 22:51
Its cloudy in Edinburgh.



3rd Nov 2005, 22:51
Beautiful night here tonight, Telescope out! Obviously you are not where I am !!!!!!!!!!!!!

3rd Nov 2005, 23:14
It is wonderfully crystal clear here, albeit a bit chilly.
I'll see if I can take a decent enough picture worthy of posting.
If the CCD adapter had arrived in time, perhaps we could of managed a live webcam. (Wireless broadband)


Buster Hyman
3rd Nov 2005, 23:51
I managed to get a great daylight photo of a Meteor the other day...


4th Nov 2005, 00:31
Unfortunately the digi camera isn't up to it and the light pollution is playing havoc with any chances of long exposures. One day!!!
I shall have to settle with the sight of Orion clearly out the bedroom window.

Buster, that Meteor looks like a squashed 4 door version of a DeLorean ! Did they really only make the DMC-12 ?


4th Nov 2005, 00:43
Prefer this one:-

4th Nov 2005, 00:48
As an aside, this is currently being built:

VANCOUVER — It would be a giant eye, the length of a football field, trained at space that could answer the eternal question: is anyone else out there?

Canadian scientists who are determined to build the world's largest optical telescope, with a lens 30 metres in diameter, to clear our now fuzzy images of the end of the universe are trying to raise money for the project. They say it will take $750 million and 10 years to build the telescope


Buster Hyman
4th Nov 2005, 00:58
Crikey! I've heard of them being given other nicknames, but never DeLorean!!!:ok:

4th Nov 2005, 01:32


4th Nov 2005, 13:27
Somebody posted this link a few years ago, was it you Brocky? Anyhow, this is the best I have seen and it is free. Stick it on the laptop, take it out and put it in night mode, absolute winner :ok: