Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

×
Space

Witness the Birth of a Meteor Shower 28

Posted by Soulskill
from the pretty-lights-in-the-sky dept.
StartsWithABang writes: "Here on Earth, we think of shooting stars and meteor showers as things that happen periodically; sometimes they're spectacular, sometimes they're rare. But in all cases, they're caused by comet debris, and they should flare up each time the Earth crosses the comet's path. But as it turns out, every meteor shower had a point in its past where it happened for the very first time. In all of human history, we've never recorded one that occurred for the very first time where none happened before. Well, for those of you who want to take the chance to be a part of it, this coming Friday night/Saturday morning, look for the Camelopardalids, making their Earthly debut this year!"
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Witness the Birth of a Meteor Shower

Comments Filter:
  • Re:Camelopardalids? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Zocalo (252965) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @08:06AM (#47055363) Homepage
    Actually, I suspect it was named by someone who possibly knew quite well what a camel and a leopard looked like, but only had a crude description or sketch from someone who had been one of the first Europeans to travel far enough into Africa to see a giraffe first hand. The name is ancient, not part of modern taxonomy, and other than the length of the neck and lack of a hump, it's actually not too far off visually, especially if you've seen both up close; a camel (long legs, quite tall, with a fairly long neck) combined a leopard's skin patterning.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.

Working...