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Up All Night in DE

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Is anyone else out there up and stargazing? I live in suburban northern Delaware, and have been amazed by how much of the meteor shower I have been able to see. I should have been smarter and tried to find out the direction in which they’d move across the sky, but that would have made too much sense. Even without preparation, I’ve decided to assume that six of the 11 objects I observed were meteorites, since they all moved in the same direction. Another four were probably meteorites, they winked out before they moved much. One outlier moved contraflow, so I’m not going to speculate about what that was. I was able to observe all of them with the naked eye, which I thought was amazing. Delaware may mot be very big, but we’re located in the bright light zone which runs from Boston to DC.

As seen from orbit, the nighttime view of the Northeast U.S. reveals a vast wasteland of light pollution stretching from Baltimore and Washington (lower left) to Boston (upper right).NOAA / US Air Force - See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/dark-skies-15300-light-pollution-0/#sthash.RdM5tSrp.dpuf

As seen from orbit, the nighttime view of the Northeast U.S. reveals a vast wasteland of light pollution stretching from Baltimore and Washington (lower left) to Boston (upper right).NOAA / US Air Force – See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/dark-skies-15300-light-pollution-0/#sthash.RdM5tSrp.dpuf

If you’re up, get out and watch the lights fall; you’re missing quite a show! If you’re not seeing anything, here is a clear video. Nice to know I saw the real thing!
http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/23/us/east-coast-meteor-sightings/index.html

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