APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

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APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by APOD Robot » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:06 am

Image Leonids Over Monument Valley

Explanation: What's happening in the sky over Monument Valley? A meteor shower. Over the past weekend the Leonid meteor shower has been peaking. The image -- actually a composite of six exposures of about 30 seconds each -- was taken in 2001, a year when there was a much more active Leonids shower. At that time, Earth was moving through a particularly dense swarm of sand-sized debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle, so that meteor rates approached one visible streak per second. The meteors appear parallel because they all fall to Earth from the meteor shower radiant -- a point on the sky towards the constellation of the Lion (Leo). Although the predicted peak of this year's Leonid meteor shower is over, another peak may be visible early tomorrow morning. By the way -- how many meteors can you identify in the above image?

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katlpablo

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by katlpablo » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:13 am

how many meteors can you identify? = 28

johankahl

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by johankahl » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:27 am

30 meteors

varlan

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by varlan » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:29 am

30

shaileshs

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by shaileshs » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:31 am

30

RAEckart

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by RAEckart » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:46 am

30 meteors

odb

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by odb » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:58 am

30

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Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by stowaway » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:47 am

I got 31

dklinglesmith

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by dklinglesmith » Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:49 am

I counted 31 meteors, including the very yellow, wiggly trail

Harikumar

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by Harikumar » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:47 am

31 Meteors

Gowron

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by Gowron » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:50 am

30

Gowron

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by Gowron » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:52 am

the yellow wiggly thing is not a mtereor :ssmile:

Gowron

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by Gowron » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:56 am

keyboard fail

Perk Cartel

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by Perk Cartel » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:15 am

30 meteors

stefi

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by stefi » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:00 am

30

spock

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by spock » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:08 am

2. I can positively identify only Fred and Wilma.

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Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by Indigo_Sunrise » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:30 am

I counted 30 also.

Interesting image.

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jakubg

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by jakubg » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:39 am

i counted 31

WCorvi

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by WCorvi » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:24 pm

You guys have been had! This photo is a fake, for several reasons. The most obvious is that all the meteor paths are parallel; they would have to be 90 degrees from Leo for this to be true, yet Leo only rises a couple hours before sunrise now (thus being only 30 degrees from the horizon). Further, forget the meteors - can you identify even ONE star in the picture? NO? That's because they aren't real.

Uwe

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by Uwe » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:33 pm

26,
not counting the two crashing planes, the lightning strike and the skyrocket.
Also not counting M65.

mytiel

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by mytiel » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:41 pm

I see 30 meteors also

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Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by FrankTKO » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:07 pm

30 is right. BTW, can anyone identify this yellow cloud? It's certainly within the atmosphere...

Lis

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by Lis » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:16 pm

30 leonides

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Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by retrogalaxy » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:42 pm

30.
The smaller (maybe the further?) are non parallel.

rkt

Re: APOD: Leonids Over Monument Valley (2012 Nov 19)

Post by rkt » Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:15 pm

I agree that the photo cannot be authentic. 30 perfectly parallel meteorite entries is unlikely, if not impossible.