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Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: 6th Sep 2001
Total posts: 33
Posted:Hey all- This is not related to poi at all but still amazing and wondering if anyone else experianced what I did last night. I live in massachusetts and there were AMAZING shooting stars last night from about 2-5 AM, by far the best I have ever seen. They had long trails and many colors, they were just incredible. I hope someone else saw them too they aren't supposed to be this good for another 40 years or something. I hope some other people layed out and saw them too it was really incredible, at the peak time there were like 5 every 3 seconds, I'm not exagerating! Just thought I'd share, stars are great!
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Location: Back in Paris... for now !
Member Since: 8th Jun 2001
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Posted:Yes, I heard that saturday night was supposed to be *the* night for meteor showers. Someone here will probably be able to give better and more scientific explanation than that though. Vanize ? Unfortunately I could not see any from France
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Shooting stars are just one of the most beautiful and magic thing in the world...shine onCassandra

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Location: Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland,U.K
Member Since: 30th Sep 2001
Total posts: 150
Posted:Shooting stars, shooting stars yaaaaaay!!!!I have seen, over the last few nights (by pure chance), more shooting stars than I can remember seeing in ages. There must be something going on up there!Tonight I was driving from the N.East of England back home to Scotland , when there came a massive shreek of excitement from behind me. My seven year old son, Jack, had seen his very first shooting star!....It was lovely. I stopped the car and we got out to look up at the stars as he made his wish. A very special, beautiful moment.I hope you made a wish too Blue-flame
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Location: Mystic, Ct. USA
Member Since: 12th Jan 2001
Total posts: 428
Posted:yes i saw them last night too from 4 to 5 am there were about a 1,200 an hour visible from here they say. went out on the beach and they really did look like a shower. there were some really big ones, some long lasting bright ones, some green and red and orange ones, and it was really kickass.this was the Leonid meteor shower, happens when earth passes through a debris cloud from a comet. this is the last big one for 35 (?) years when the comet will return again. Its so named because the shooting stars (meteorites) appear to originate from the constellation leo...sort of like driving into a snowstorm effect. it will happen this time next year but there will be a full moon (last night there was no moon) so it won't be as spectacular.this was good, I have gone out for this a few times in the last couple of years and it was always cloudy and/or full moon and we never saw more than a couple shooting stars. and now i must go to bed for getting up so early to see it!Peregrine

Posted:I went out last night too...I saw many meteors, mostly one by one, but at times there were up to three trails in the sky at once
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the most colourful trails I've ever seen...Really bright irredescent green with a white head was the most memorable...streaking across 30% of my visual range, in one dead straight line...
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nice.getting up this morning for work...not nice. I'll be a deadman before I would choose to sleep through something like that tho.Josh

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Location: Hartford, CT USA
Member Since: 29th Oct 2001
Total posts: 416
Posted:Yeah, it was one of the most amazing things ive ever seen, probably the best meteor shower ive seen, just incredible, and it oculdnt havebeen a betternight for it, no moon, no clouds, absolutely amazing, i saw one incredibly long one, that left a greenish tail, but the head was bright orange, and you could almost see flame on it, it was incredible, well worth waking up early and enduring the cold, it was awesome:gazes into sky with wonder:

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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 25th Jan 2001
Total posts: 2758
Posted:I'm very upset that I didn't get to see this spectacle! I've been looking forward to it for weeks, but last night was wet, windy and unseasonably disgusting...will just have to watch it on the news tonight!lucky all you who got to see it
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Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th Aug 2001
Total posts: 22
Posted:Here's a site that explains a bit about it:http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/news/2001/news-leonids.aspDid anyone see anything like this?http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.htmlI didn't see any exploding meteors, but it was still an awesome shower. btw, the 2nd link is to a daily picture, if you look there and it's gone, here's the url of the actual image:http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/9911/leonidanim_rotse_big.gifKristen

Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia
Member Since: 29th Aug 2001
Total posts: 750
Posted:I was cramming for an exam (that I think I did really well in) So I went and checked around 3:15 - it was pretty cloudy and I couldn't see jack
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I went to bed.

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Location: NSW, Australia
Member Since: 31st Oct 2001
Total posts: 116
Posted:they say the size of the matter that makes the beautiful trails of colour are the size of a grain of salt to just bigger than a pea...A-mazing!!we had a storm, i missed it...baa boww.
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Location: Mystic, Ct. USA
Member Since: 12th Jan 2001
Total posts: 428
Posted:i didnt see one do that the other night, but I have seen a meteor streak across the sky and break up and explode at the end quite spectacularly a few years ago while camping in the Blue Mountains (australia). It was one of those light up the sky ones.still counts as the coolest shooting star i've seen, despite this weekend, and I was camped by myself so as far as i know, no one else saw it...Pere

Location: Asheville, NC
Member Since: 18th Nov 2001
Total posts: 74
Posted:yeah, i watched them for about half an hour starting at 3 am. found a not-so-crowded overlook near Mt. Mitchell up here in the Appalachians. pretty....------------------"life begins between the night and the light."

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Location: melbourne, victoria, australia
Member Since: 27th Jul 2001
Total posts: 38
Posted:i tryed to stay awake but at about 1.30 i decided to sleep because i had an exam at 8.45 that morning. so i am anoyed that i missed it.

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