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    The ABC Sunday Evening World News anchor described the meteor shower I was going to see later on last night as "spectacular." 10PM nothing. 10:30 PM nothing. 11-11:30PM nothing but a sore neck.

    Not one fireball. I've said it before, these things couldn't be more anti-climactic. Maybe once more tonight and that's it. It's going to have to be on a collision course with Earth before I go out again after that.

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    Is this what it'll take George?

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    We rode up a mountain about midnight for an hour or so. Saw three, one of them was pretty good. I always watch these, get yourself a chair that is made to "lay out" and that'll save your neck. Good luck with the viewing.

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    The best time to watch it will be between 4am and 5am Monday morning. I am going to get up a bit earlier than normal and see if I can see anything

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    ^+1
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    I had clouds here most of the night. Couldn't see a damn thing.

    So I decided to start drinking before I had to get online and do some system changes for work at midnight.

    Couldn't see a damn thing then either.

    No complaints today though so it looks like I done gone and doed it right!
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    I couldn't see anything as I cowered helplessly in the darkened basement.
    ....okay, I could see the lights on the Onkyo AVR but those aren't very impressive to be honest.

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    I'll do the same thing I do for all these "great" meteor shows. I'll get up a little early tomorrow, step outside with a cup of coffee , watch for a few minutes, shrug my shoulders, and go back inside.
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    The night sky was winter-time clear up in NH Saturday night; even the Milky Way was clearly visible (gorgeous night). Woke up around 12:30 and peeked out the closet window and saw one within seconds... didn't see another one, if it makes you feel any better, Mr. G.

    The fact is that the density of the "showers" is usually pretty light - tonight's supposed to be peak, I heard, but even at that, one per minute is probably pretty hot schnizzle. The best thing to do to see some is to set up a camera and a long time exposure - the stars will describe a slight arc due to the earth's rotation, but the meteors will be arrow straight. I even had my trusty DSLR set up on a beefy tripod Saturday night... but I was too mentally foggy (yes, even compared to usual) to schlepp it outside and practice what I've preached.
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    Was out at 5am this morning, my dog was totally confused. Surprised that they came from different directions. Also saw a slow moving object at about 5:10, guess it was some sattelite as the ISS didn't have a course over us today. This was one of the few times it wasn't cloudy or freezing cold for a meteor shower. My internal clock will be screwed up today so I guess I can leave work early! :)

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    Last night, nothing. I did notice that the news personnel have changed their tune at least twice. When I originally became aware of the possibility of showers it was courtesy of the local ABC guys. "Saturday night through...will be peak viewing hours." Then it changed to "Sunday through... will be peak viewing hours" so I went out last night. By the time I came back in they were reporting that even though stuff would be visible Sunday night, "Monday night through... will be peak viewing hours."

    And the girl on the evening news last night used the word spectacular to describe what I was going to see..

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    I spent a few minutes outside this morning with my morning coffee. After not seeing anything, I shrugged my shoulders and went back in.
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    To view a meteor shower you have to kick back and relax. Find as dark of conditions as you can and not focus on any one area of the sky. It takes roughly 15-20 minutes for your eyes to become dark adapted.

    Don't expect to see them right away. Just gaze up at the sky and you'll start seeing them.

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    saw 1 ........thought it was Sabbath... ran back in the house
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxfj View Post
    Just gaze up at the sky and you'll start seeing them.

    So....no different than dropping a few Qualudes ?

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    Totally cloudy, both nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxfj View Post
    To view a meteor shower you have to kick back and relax. Find as dark of conditions as you can and not focus on any one area of the sky. It takes roughly 15-20 minutes for your eyes to become dark adapted.

    Don't expect to see them right away. Just gaze up at the sky and you'll start seeing them.
    Good advice there sir.

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    So....no different than dropping a few Qualudes ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxfj View Post
    To view a meteor shower you have to kick back and relax. Find as dark of conditions as you can and not focus on any one area of the sky. It takes roughly 15-20 minutes for your eyes to become dark adapted.

    Don't expect to see them right away. Just gaze up at the sky and you'll start seeing them.
    I guess I'll take my head out of this bag and open my eyes next time. Thanks Prof, never would have guessed.

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