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Meteor Shower Reveals New Comet Neo, October Camelopardalids
post Dec 5 2005, 02:51 PM
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by Peter Jenniskens

SETI Institute scientist and meteor expert Peter Jenniskens reports in a
telegram issued by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center
(http://www.seti.org/site/pp.asp?c=ktJ2J9MMIsE&b=1233789) that an unexpected
burst of meteors on October 5, 2005 has occurred, which betrayed the presence of
a thusfar unknown, potentially Earth-threatening, comet.

The burst of meteors radiated from a direction on the border of the
constellations Draco and Camelopardalis, and the new shower is called the
October Camelopardalids. The meteors were caused by dust ejected by an
Intermediate Long-Period comet during its previous return to the Sun, and the
detection of the comet's dust trail implies that the comet itself could wander
into Earth's path, if so directed by the gravitational pull of the planets. The
comet itself has not yet been discovered and is likely to return to Earth's
vicinity only once every 200 - 10,000 years. Chances are very small that Earth
will be at the intersection point at the time of the return, hence, there is no
immediate concern. The dust, however, is forensic evidence that may provide more insight into the nature of this new comet when the meteor shower is seen again in the future.


Peter Jenniskens, Jarmo Moilanen, Esko Lyytinen, Ilkka Yrjölä, Jeff Brower


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indeed much harder than a rock. From hard, coarse, insensible men with whom I have
no sympathy, I go to commune with the rocks, whose hearts are comparatively soft."

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post Dec 5 2005, 07:12 PM
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Camelopardalids? Don't ask me why, but that name just sounds so... absurd, somehow...

-the other Doug

“The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.” -Mark Twain
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post Dec 5 2005, 11:52 PM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Dec 5 2005, 09:12 PM)
Camelopardalids?  Don't ask me why, but that name just sounds so... absurd, somehow...

-the other Doug

The greek translation of camelopardalids is "the ones from the motley camel" , and the word "pardali" (motley) is also slang for "hooker". Try beating that for absurdiness laugh.gif
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- ljk4-1   Meteor Shower Reveals New Comet Neo   Dec 5 2005, 02:51 PM
- - dvandorn   Camelopardalids? Don't ask me why, but that n...   Dec 5 2005, 07:12 PM
|- - Holder of the Two Leashes   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Dec 5 2005, 01:12 PM)Camelo...   Dec 5 2005, 08:16 PM
|- - punkboi   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Dec 5 2005, 12:12 PM)Camelo...   Dec 5 2005, 09:58 PM
|- - TheChemist   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Dec 5 2005, 09:12 PM)Camelo...   Dec 5 2005, 11:52 PM
|- - Rob Pinnegar   QUOTE (TheChemist @ Dec 5 2005, 05:52 PM)Try ...   Dec 6 2005, 03:41 AM
|- - ljk4-1   QUOTE (Rob Pinnegar @ Dec 5 2005, 10:41 PM)It...   Dec 6 2005, 03:15 PM
- - Phil Stooke   Ok, forget that hooker thing! That's noth...   Dec 6 2005, 04:28 AM
|- - TheChemist   QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Dec 6 2005, 06:28 AM)Ok,...   Dec 6 2005, 11:54 AM
- - odave   In terms of celestial names that are hard to chew ...   Dec 6 2005, 11:24 AM
- - dvandorn   Yep - without clicking the links, I can tell you t...   Dec 6 2005, 03:36 PM
|- - ljk4-1   Paper: astro-ph/0512256 Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 18:...   Dec 12 2005, 04:07 PM
|- - ljk4-1   Paper: astro-ph/0601022 Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 07...   Jan 4 2006, 05:23 PM
|- - helvick   QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 4 2006, 06:23 PM)Tit...   Jan 4 2006, 05:55 PM
|- - nprev   QUOTE (helvick @ Jan 4 2006, 10:55 AM)Mad stu...   Jan 4 2006, 06:34 PM
|- - ljk4-1   Asteroid breakup event covered the planet Earth in...   Jan 19 2006, 03:56 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   QUOTE (nprev @ Jan 4 2006, 07:34 PM)I'd s...   Jan 20 2006, 10:54 PM
|- - ljk4-1   QUOTE (Bob Shaw @ Jan 20 2006, 05:54 PM)The f...   Jan 21 2006, 03:15 PM
- - Myran   Around here we got protococcus nivalis which cause...   Jan 20 2006, 09:59 PM
- - ljk4-1   http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/0082006053109...   May 31 2006, 05:35 PM
- - BruceMoomaw   To say that I'm suspicious of this report is a...   May 31 2006, 11:25 PM
- - ljk4-1   CNN/Popular Science have something to say on the R...   Jun 5 2006, 02:49 AM

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