Great Meteor Precession of 1913

Seen any good fireballs lately?
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Christopher K.
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Great Meteor Precession of 1913

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Today marked the 100th anniversary of an amazing event which, sadly, was probably seen only by 1000 or so people across North America. A now-famous account by Clarence Chant (along with other efforts by him) ensured the night would be recorded for posterity.

Today's APOD is an artist's conception of the incident. One will notice the acknowledgement to LSU's Brad Schaefer:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130209.html

Wonderful paper by Horace Smith of Michigan State:
http://www.pa.msu.edu/people/smith/feb1913.pdf

Christopher K.
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Re: Great Meteor Precession of 1913

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The beautiful anticipation of looking for meteors is that you actually do not always have advanced notice that you may find yourself facing upwards toward a 1913 or 1966 situation. We are much better at pinpointing times with higher rates of streaks, but they are estimates. Go out and look!

As as alternative to standard Summer Camp, Highland Road Park Observatory is researching the possibility of offering remote ninety-minute modules. If the idea gains traction, one such module will be a youth version of "Meteor Hunting". Campers will learn how meteor events occur. They will learn why certain times of the night and dates of the year have higher rates of meteors and the process to use to go on a “safari” of meteor observing. This module would be offered Thursdays at 1pm and 3pm. Specific weeks of offerings, age ranges, prices and registration procedure will be found at...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/camp.html

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