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Perseids Identified By NASA As Most Active Annual Meteor Shower
2013-07-29 10:14:59

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Perseid Fireballs ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Meteor showers are some of the most exciting and unpredictable displays of nature and a team of NASA astronomers have just identified one shower as the most active of any annual display. "We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other," said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO). "It's the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August...

2013-06-06 20:04:07

With more than 400 meteors per hour, it was one of the most intense meteor showers in the last decade Every 6.6 years, the comet Giacobini-Zinner circulates through the inner solar system and passes through the perihelion, the closest point to the Sun of its orbit. Then, the comet sublimates the ices and ejects a large number of particles that are distributed in filaments. The oldest of these particles have formed a swarm that the Earth passes trough every year in early October. The result...

Astronomers Catch Bright Explosion On The Moon
2013-05-17 13:55:31

[ Watch the Video: Bright Explosion on the Moon ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you take a good look at the Moon it isn´t too difficult to paint a pretty clear picture of the lunar surface´s violent past. Our neighboring natural satellite is pock-marked with thousands upon thousands of craters from meteors and asteroids that have been pelting its surface for more than a billion years. Over the past eight years, NASA astronomers have been...

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky This Weekend
2013-05-03 19:27:42

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As comets tumble into the inner solar system from their home, far beyond the orbit of Pluto, they make their way across Earth´s orbit. Along their path they leave behind a trail of tiny dust particles, stripped from the comet by the Sun´s radiation. When the Earth passes through the trail of dust, the particles enter Earth´s atmosphere and burn up from the friction in the air. On the ground we witness...

Night Turns To Day As Spectacular Meteor Explodes Over Argentina
2013-04-23 11:25:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A dazzling display of light appeared over Argentina on Sunday, April 21 and was captured on video by a concert goer filming the band playing on stage. In the video a giant fireball can be seen in the background lighting up the night sky as it exploded high in the atmosphere. The flash of light only appeared for a few seconds before it was gone; but the incident, which was witnessed by thousands of Argentinians, left most wondering...

2013-02-18 23:19:06

Astronomers say the meteor marks the start to fireball season, where there appears to be an increase in the number of bright meteors visible blazing through the night sky. Orlando, FL (PRWEB) February 18, 2013 It´s fireball season on Earth, and it´s off to an explosive start, when a bright meteor exploded above eastern Russia. Astronomers say the meteor marks the start to fireball season as February, March, and April are the best months to see the astronomical phenomenon in the...

Meteor Explosion Over Cuba One Day After Russian Event
2013-02-18 07:56:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just one day after a spectacular meteor exploded over Russian skies, shattering windows and injuring more than a 1,200 people, Cubans were treated to a similar event, albeit on a much smaller scale. Many of Cuba´s citizens watched in wonderment as a small fireball soared across the early evening skies on Friday before exploding. Startled residents described seeing the bright light in the sky just seconds before a thunderous...

100th Anniversary: Uncovering Range Of The Great Meteor Procession Of 1913
2013-01-24 07:12:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the anniversary of a spectacular meteor procession that lit up the night skies nearly a hundred years ago approaches, astronomers from Texas State University and the Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ) have taken the call to answer some long forgotten questions about the range of the great fireball raid of Feb. 9, 1913. On that night, oh so long ago, one of the most dazzling displays ever recorded lit up night skies...

New Year's Quadrantids Meteor Show To Peak This Week
2012-12-31 09:47:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sky watchers can expect the first big astronomical event of 2013 to happen just as the New Year begins to unfold. The annual Quadrantids meteor shower typically arrives in the beginning of January and is renowned for being more intense than the Perseids shower in August and the Geminids shower in December. Meteor visibility will peak around 2:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 3, with about 80 streaks per hour. A waning gibbous moon, about 50...

What Are The Geminids?
2012-12-12 05:24:29

[ Watch the Video: What is a Meteor? ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Meteor showers are fascinating events - streaks of light across the darkness of night. While such displays struck fear into our ancestors, they provide wonderful entertainment today. These celestial shows are rather common, with some 50 showers in 2012 alone (though not all of them are observable everywhere on Earth). One of the most brilliant events is the Geminid meteor...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Perseids Meteor Shower -- Like most meteor showers, the Perseids are caused by comet debris. As comets enter the inner solar system, they are warmed by the sun and peppered by the solar wind, which produces the familar tails that stretch across the night sky when a bright comet is close to Earth. Comet tails are made of tiny pieces of ice, dust, and rock which are spewed into interplanetary space as they bubble off the comet's nucleus. When Earth encounters these particles on its...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Leonids Meteor Shower -- The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The meteor stream is viewable every year around November 17 and is thought to be comprised of particles ejected by the comet as it passes by the Sun. When the Earth moves through the meteor stream, the meteor shower is visible. The Leonids get their name from usually making their appearance in or near the constellation Leo. The Leonids are famous because their meteor showers,...

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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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