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hobsen
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Personally I have never seen a big fireball or a really dense meteor shower, but it can be fun to lie back and watch when a meteor is flashing across the sky every couple of minutes. And doing that in summer beats doing it in the snow.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/08/090812-perseids-perseid-meteor-shower.html

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Tried to get out and see them with my son, but it got late fast for him and the overall conditions weren't that great between light pollution and patchy cloud cover.
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A couple of ten-year-old boys at my local park spoke of seeing some, but clouds spoiled it for me. I'll try again if I remember.
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I am watching my girlfriend's parent's house this week in Rochester, and I can see A LOT more stars than you ever see in the Twin Cities. I will have to go out and stare at them tonight if the clouds clear up.
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Wernt the meteor showers just gone last night and the night before? Or is it different because we are 2 different places? [Confused]
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A University of British Columbia astronomer said the Perseids would be most visible last night, but the Mount Rainier observatory says Friday is expected to be the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. Another site expects a few remaining Perseids today. The truth is fragments of the comet spread out irregularly in space, so our planet encounters them for a few days, and no one can be precise about when or how many. Anyway this seems to be a good year, so it will do no harm to watch for a bit if it is convenient. And England is as likely to provide a good show as the United States, barring the effects of English weather.

How are your cats?

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Pretty much the same [Frown]
They are out there now and just do not and will not come into the house.
We have tried everything we can but they still wont have any of it.
Think we might have to resign ourselves to the fact that they just might want to be outdoor cats from now on [Frown]

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That sounds unusual, as cats will normally rush eagerly wherever there is food. But I remember my much loved Kiki sleeping under the blankets at my feet for a few cold nights, and then insisting on going out and spending the night in a hole in the snow. But your cats are lucky they can go out safely. When my daughter moved to Folsom her cat soon vanished, and we suspect a coyote ate her. So her two new cats are indoor now, which I think is no life for a cat, but preferable to being eaten. In that situation I would have gotten a couple of hamsters, or gerbils, or something else small and accustomed to living in a burrow. Anyway it sounds as if your cats will be all right outdoors, at least until the season changes.

[ August 13, 2009, 09:32 PM: Message edited by: hobsen ]

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Thanks hobsen [Smile]
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