View Full Version : Aquarid meteor shower

2nd May 2000, 13:28
NASA Science News for May 2, 2000

The eta Aquarid meteor shower, caused by bits of debris
from Halley's Comet, will peak on May 5-6, 2000. Lunar
observers will be watching the Moon on the nights after
the shower for possible signs of meteorite impacts.

2nd May 2000, 14:41
Well, since I won't have much to do at that time, but for watch some TV and go to bed early, what time is that again, Mike? Or all night long?

Just hope the rest of the flat doesn't block my view... I'll try to make some webcam pics, if and when my PC is up anyway http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif


3rd May 2000, 00:06
Okay thats two more cloudy nights coming up.

3rd May 2000, 07:02
Aye Jord, the updates I recieve are included in the above post. My best guess would be in the pre-dawn hours as this is the time the earth is swinging into the debris field. These will appear to radiate outward from the constellation Aquarius, but that also depends on where the field is when the earth passes through it. Bottem line, when it's dark. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Don't bother with your webcam. I highly doubt it has the senitivity neccessary to capture them, well unless there's a rather large meteoroid burning up. Then you better duck! LOL

3rd May 2000, 07:53
Better yet... "Our planet will join the moon, sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in an approximate line for several days beginning Wednesday.

Some prophets of doom expect the worst: cataclysmic floods, earthquakes, tidal waves and volcanic eruptions triggered by gravitational forces from Earth's neighbors."

We're doomed? http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

Read about it on http://cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/05/02/planetary.alignment/index.html


4th May 2000, 13:42
Why is there never any good stuff happening over here. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/frown.gif

4th May 2000, 20:01
Actually Jordi the planets will align themselves on the otherside of the sun... thus lowering the effects of gravity.

NASA Science News for May 4, 2000

Tidal forces on Earth caused by other planets in the solar
system will be at a low point this week when Mercury, Venus,
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn "line up" on the far side of the
Sun. The alignment won't be visible to the naked-eye, but
there will be a meteor shower that could produce a nice sky
show. FULL STORY at

Space Weather News for May 4, 2000

The planets Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn have entered the field of view of
instruments on board the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory as they
approach the Sun for Friday's much-touted conjunction. Animations of this
rare event include two coronal mass ejections with three planets in the
background. For more information, please see http://www.spaceweather.com