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Witness the Birth of a Meteor Shower 28

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!"
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  • Re:Camelopardalids? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Zocalo ( 252965 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 @09:06AM (#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.

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