The Geminid meteors will this year peak at 05:10 GMT on Monday morning, guaranteeing that for 90 per cent of Reg readers, the hour will be marked by cloud, driving rain and the annual sense of despair which follows the vain hope that we might for once cop an eyeful of a decent lightshow. In the unlikely event that the skies are …
I lolled. The chances of us seeing ANYTHING in the UK sky at night is pretty much ZERO.
I really feel for UK asstrominers (sp).
I can see plenty of stars out of my UK based window right now. Maybe if you opened the curtains?
Geminid - Bravo to the writer
As one journalist to another, that is a wonderful, even incredible lead. I can't stop laughing! Sitting here in warm, sunny Los Angeles (Well, I admit, its raining today), I can only count my blessings.
...you won't be able to see them!
Do you remember what happened at The day of the Triffids?
Abdullah is set*
* Abdullah == http://www.mosqueclock.com/ (go on, click the 'fun' bit.)
It'll wake the dead. And my girl. As I set the normal alarms for 10 minutes before Abdullah calls for prayer, and she hates it, she's up and turning it off before Abdullah gets me nutting the concrete at morning prayer.
Before I remember I'm not a Muslim.
We're forecast clear skies (and -20 degrees centigrade - should be a "Grand night out, Grommit - don't forget the crackers"). Abdullah will get me outabed for this. But, you folks have rarely seen the Northern lights* which makes a meteor shower look as spectacular as taking a leak in the general vicinity of that ISS piss-filter up there.
I really hope you folks see it someday. You'll weep in awe, believe me.
Keep you posted.
re: at 05:10 GMT on Monday morning, guaranteeing that for 90 per cent of Reg readers
those few who aren't asleep (probably with head on keyboard as this is IT :-p )
PH - a better streaking star to imagine
Down here in deepest, darkest Devon on both Saturday and Sunday evenings (round about midnight). Starry skys, no moon and meteors!
Well, that sucked, as per bleedin' usual.
Overcast cloudy skies all night and a thick fog rolling in off the fens. What a washout.