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Where in New England can I take my dad camping to see the Perseids?

When I was very young, my dad took me camping to see the Perseid meteors; it was one of the defining experiences of my life. Now I am grown and he is nearly old, and I would like to turn it around. Help me find a suitable mountaintop in New England to go camping with my dad; somewhere where we won't have to see anyone else. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Jul 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Cosmos - "The Clean Room" Clarification Question about Age of the Earth.

My wife and I just watched the seventh episode of Cosmos called "The Clean Room" which tells us (among other things) about how Clair Patterson determined the age of the Earth. The episode explains Patterson used meteorite fragments, such as those from the Canyon Diablo crater, because they were assumed to be leftovers from the creation of the solar system. My question is one of clarification; specifically, how they could be sure that assumption was correct? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Can you collect meteorite dust in your backyard? How?

I've been told recently that collecting micrometeorites is as easy, basically, as placing a clean surface outside and picking through the debris you collect because thousands of tons of space dust and debris fall to Earth every day. That can't be all there is to it, can it? How do you know whether you're looking at Earth dust or space dust? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Meteorite on a collision course with earth-- how to NOT see it coming?

What are some reasonably-realistic scientific scenarios in which, assuming all the current technology we have at the moment was in working order, scientists might miss seeing a potentially catastrophic meteorite on a collision course with Earth until it was actually entering the atmosphere? I assume that astrophysicists see potentially threatening asteroids/meteors coming months, if not years, in advance. But could there be a circumstance in which that might not be the case? Thanks!
posted by np312 on Feb 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Where is the best place to view the 2012 Geminids meteor shower (Dec 13/14) in the SF Bay Area..... where there will NOT be any chance of fog?

Where is the best place to view the 2012 Geminids meteor shower (Dec 13/14) in the SF Bay Area..... where there will NOT be any chance of fog? [more inside]
posted by *phoenix* on Aug 26, 2012 - 11 answers

The Stars are Exploding?

My housemate and I just saw a bright pinpoint flash (approx intensity and size of Rigel) in the sky, lasting about an eighth of a second, what's it likely to have been? [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Green Meteor?

Astronomy Filter. I have a friend who has seen (what I think to be) several meteors this year. Trouble is, they were green. Also, they weren't the usual streak across the sky, more like a Roman Candle, with no tail. What are they? [more inside]
posted by IvanKalinin on Oct 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Where to watch Perseids near NYC

Where's the best place to watch meteors within driving distance of Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by pollex on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Honey, the stars are acting crazy.....

We just saw the stars do the craziest thing in the night sky - what happened?! [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Jul 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Great Ball of Fire

How large would a rock need to be to create a blaze like this? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads on Apr 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Intergalactic Google-fu Fail...

I've searched here, there, and everywhere for information on the optimal time/date for viewing this year's Leonid meteor shower from my little corner of central Japan. Has anyone else out there been able to find something with a world clock style of interface or am I reaching? I checked the IMO, but found their schedule unwieldy.... [more inside]
posted by squasha on Nov 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Showers at Heaven's Gate?

[Astronomyfilter] A new meteor shower? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads on Aug 13, 2009 - 15 answers

where to view meteors in colorado

question on viewing the persiad meteor shower on the front range in colorado. [more inside]
posted by TheBones on Aug 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Fire from the sky!

There was a huge fireball in the sky; looking southwest from my back yard this morning. How do I find out what it was, or where it landed? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Feb 15, 2009 - 17 answers

PhillyFilter: Where should I go view the Perseids Meteor Shower?

philly-philter: The Perseids Meteor Shower is coming! Where should I drive to outside of the city to get a good view? [more inside]
posted by nayten on Aug 10, 2008 - 9 answers

"Help me, MeFi, you're my only hope!"

Anyone get the license plate of that potentially Earth-destroying meteor? (Long, needlessly detailed yet interesting story inside.) [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi on May 20, 2008 - 28 answers

How do you knock a chunk off an iron meteorite?

What hand tools would be needed to remove a chunk of iron from an iron meteorite you've discovered in the field? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Mar 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Where to view the Leonid meteor shower near Manchester, UK?

I want to watch the Leonid Meteor shower (November 17/18) near Manchester, England. [more inside]
posted by summit on Nov 7, 2007 - 3 answers

Escaping Chicago's light pollution

Meteor Filter: On sunday or monday night I was hoping to take my special lady out to the middle of nowhere and watch the Perseid meteor shower, which is supposed to be quite a show this year. Where should we go to escape Chicago's light pollution? [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou on Aug 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me photograph some meteors!

Ideas for photographing the Perseid meteor shower next month? Bonus points for a good place to watch in South Louisiana. [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang on Jul 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Where to go around NYC to see the meteor shower on August 12?

Where to go around NYC to see the meteor shower on August 12? [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Jun 25, 2007 - 4 answers

Where to view the Perseid meteor shower near Seattle?

I'm fairly new to the area and looking for good places to see the Perseid meteor shower this weekend near Seattle. I have a car, so having to drive to the location is fine. Any recommendations?
posted by jengineer on Aug 10, 2006 - 7 answers

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