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Does anyone understand "Meteor-speak"???? - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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Does anyone understand "Meteor-speak"????
I want to watch The Quadrantids meteor shower this year (peaking at either early on the 3rd, as in pre-dawn, or the 4th?) but am clueless to terms like 'radiant' etc. Are there any closeted astronomers out there who can help this dysfunctional 'sky watcher'? I live in South Orange County, California, near Saddleback Mountain and my balcony faces the northeast, but I can use the scooter (waves to caarianna, who provided said scooter) to go outside and face any direction (and I'm always up and awake after midnight), but I have no idea after visiting several sites, where to actually look! Grrrrr. So if you're way smarter than me, which everyone on my flist is anyway, can you point me in the right direction? Hell, I'm not even sure where the North Star is (which is also mentioned as a starting point for viewing)!!!

But before you start believing I'm REALLY stupid, I could beat anyone at a game of "Who's That Celebrity Voice Doing That Commercial?" without the aid of Google or any other means other than my ears, any day of the week!!! So there.

*huffs hair out of eyes at total brilliance and awesomeness for this skill*


*prays there's someone out there to help*

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caarianna From: caarianna Date: January 1st, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hoping for a clear night, too. The north star is ... to the north. Look for the big and little dippers in the constellations to the north and then look for the brightest star (I forget but it might be the last star on the handle of the little dipper but it might equally be on the corner of the big dipper -- sad when the memory starts to go!) So, your northeast exposure is probably very good, and would be even better outside, away from the buildings. Not sure how much light you have from streetlights etc but it seems to me that you've quite a lot, which might impact on what you can see in the sky. Might see more from Trabuco Canyon???? Not sure.

I'll wish us both luck in seeing these falling meteors.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 1st, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

You should have an excellent view too!

and no city lights to mar it? And I think you're right - I think I'll go to the canyon - I could probably stop right on that little bridge that goes over the creek as there isn't likely to be anyone out that late (or early?) and from there, the view is between 'mountains', so that should be good? Now I'll just have to find the Big Dipper....

sallye From: sallye Date: January 1st, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aly, go to earthsky.org and see if they can help. I'm on my phone and can't type very well or be assured of a good connection. I did take astronomy back in the early 80s but have forgotten a lot.
vamysteryfan From: vamysteryfan Date: January 1st, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
More info http://meteorshowersonline.com/quadrantids.html

Dang it, I posted a long thing and then realized I wasn't signed in and it would be marked as spam. Quicker answer, go outside, look a little south of the Big Dipper. Don;t focus too hard, as you'll see them in the corner of your eyes. Be ready to spend some time outside.

ETA: Your balcony should be good, if you don't have too much light pollution. Look North. Little Dipper is pointing almost straight down and very faint. Look eastish (tothe right) and up a bit. You need to be a little Zen about viewing meteors so get comfy. You might be a bit south

I normally use the Sky and Telescope website.

Edited at 2013-01-01 11:36 pm (UTC)
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