Spectacular meteor shower tonight.

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billryan
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Spectacular meteor shower tonight.

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Tonite is the peak of the November meteor showers and with the new moon, conditions should be spectacular. Locally they are supposed to peak around 2AM, with 15-25 major occurrence an hour, along with dozens of minor ones.
These particular meteors return every year in mid--November and supposedly peaked one year with over 30,000 meteors. I believe it was the biggest meteor storm in history.
In Las Vegas, I would drive about an hour south to watch these somewhere south of Hoover Dam, but here I can just lay on my hammock and watch them. Only drawback is the coyotes miss the moon and will howl all night trying to wake it up.

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From midnight to around 2AM, it was kind of disappointing, with a really bright shooting star every few minutes with a bunch of teasers but then it got really good. In one fifteen-minute period, I'd guess there were a good thirty or forty blazers with an occasional double blazer. Truly amazing.
The coyotes really added to the experience, and it seemed their cries reached a crescendo just before the brightest shooting stars would appear. I'm sure it was a coincidence but it certainly seemed the more they howled, the brighter the blazer.

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Thank you for sharing your quite visual narrative, it's almost as if we were there in your hammock watching it with you.

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