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    Must-see meteor shower Friday a.m.

    Must-see meteor shower Friday morning

    The notoriously unpredictable Quadrantids may end up being 2008ís best

    By Joe Rao
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    updated 12:37 p.m. ET, Thurs., Jan. 3, 2008


    The Quadrantid meteor shower is due to reach maximum in Friday's predawn hours. The Quadrantids are notoriously unpredictable, but if any year promises a fine display, this could be it.
    Indeed, this may end up being the best meteor shower of 2008.


    The Quadrantid (pronounced KWA-dran-tid) meteor shower provides one of the most intense annual meteor displays, with a brief, sharp maximum lasting but a few hours. The timing of peak activity favors Western Europe and eastern North America. Weather permitting, skywatchers in rural locations could see one or two shooting stars every minute during the peak.

    According to the International Meteor Organization, maximum activity this year is expected on Friday at 1:40 a.m. ET.


    For those in the eastern United States, the radiant will be about one-quarter of the way up in the east-northeast sky. The farther to the north and east you go, the higher in the sky the radiant will be. To the south and west the radiant will be lower and the meteors will be fewer.


    From Western Europe, the radiant will soar high in the east as the peak arrives just as morning twilight intervenes.


    Quadrantid meteors are described as bright and bluish with long silvery trains. Some years produce a mere handful, but for favorably placed observers, this could be a shower to remember; at greatest activity, Quadrantid rates will likely range from 30 to 60 per hour for eastern parts of the U.S. and Canada, to 60 to 120 per hour for Western Europe.


    Across central and western parts of North America, the shower's sharp peak will have already passed and meteor activity will be rapidly diminishing by the time the radiant has a chance to get very high in the northeastern sky. Nonetheless, hourly rates of perhaps 15 to 30 may still be seen.
    The moon will be a waning crescent, not rising until after 4 a.m. and will add very little light to the sky.



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    We usually only get to see the Perseid shower in July.
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    I'm going to stay up and hopefully see them. I've seen spectacular Leonids, but I haven't seen the Perseids.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    I'm going to stay up and hopefully see them. I've seen spectacular Leonids, but I haven't seen the Perseids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalII View Post
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    I'll be staying awake to watch, and maybe driving out to the country. I love a good meteor shower!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    I'll be staying awake to watch, and maybe driving out to the country. I love a good meteor shower!

    You must not stink too bad, taking all those showers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resident Smart Ass View Post
    You must not stink too bad, taking all those showers




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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resident Smart Ass View Post
    You must not stink too bad, taking all those showers
    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup
    Think we should tell him that asteroids aren't the same as hemorrhoids?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    Think we should tell him that asteroids aren't the same as hemorrhoids?
    Don't you just hate it when someone's balls are hidden so well, they can't seem to find it themselves ~ RSA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky View Post
    Think we should tell him that asteroids aren't the same as hemorrhoids?
    It wouldn't do any good to explain it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    It wouldn't do any good to explain it.
    try me
    Don't you just hate it when someone's balls are hidden so well, they can't seem to find it themselves ~ RSA

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