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1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby sbkp » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:09 am UTC

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http://xkcd.com/1249/

Alt text: "Remember, meteors always hit the tallest object around."

Tettigoniids: may be distinguished from grasshoppers by the length of their filamentous antennae.
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:18 am UTC

In astronomy, you spend half the time waiting for things, and the other half coming up with names for them.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:36 am UTC

I didn't know meteor showers have names (assuming that's true) but I deduce that exactly none of the notes are the slightest bit serious. As for the names themselves, I have no idea.
rhomboidal wrote:In astronomy, you spend half the time waiting for things, and the other half coming up with names for them.
Wait for it. :D
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby JetstreamGW » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:40 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:I didn't know meteor showers have names (assuming that's true) but I deduce that exactly none of the notes are the slightest bit serious. As for the names themselves, I have no idea.
rhomboidal wrote:In astronomy, you spend half the time waiting for things, and the other half coming up with names for them.
Wait for it. :D


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteor_sho ... or_showers

They do indeed.

That said, Randall has fabricated some of the names.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Goggalor » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:43 am UTC

I can never bother staying up late enough and driving far enough from light pollution to watch meteor showers, but I think I'd have to reconsider if meteor showers actually behaved like this (or I'd move into the nearest bomb shelter and never come out).
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Quicksilver » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:44 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:I didn't know meteor showers have names (assuming that's true) but I deduce that exactly none of the notes are the slightest bit serious. As for the names themselves, I have no idea.
rhomboidal wrote:In astronomy, you spend half the time waiting for things, and the other half coming up with names for them.
Wait for it. :D
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Greyjoy » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:35 am UTC

Is there a clever reason that I'm missing for why Dromaeosaurids is out of sequence?

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:55 am UTC

Greyjoy wrote:Is there a clever reason that I'm missing for why Dromaeosaurids is out of sequence?

The Dromaeosaurids are big (and do whatever they want)!
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Himself » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:56 am UTC

Wow. Quite some time since we've seen a raptor joke.
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Angua » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:01 am UTC

sbkp wrote:Image

http://xkcd.com/1249/

Tettigoniids: may be distinguished from grasshoppers by the length of their filamentous antennae.

Can you edit in the alt-text, please?
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:03 am UTC

I was going to guess that June 12 was the release date of Jurassic Park, but IMDB lists it as June 11, 1993.

Then I guessed that it was the upcoming release date for Jurassic Park IV, but no, that was supposed to be June 13, 2014 (before it got postponed).
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby geospacedman » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:34 am UTC

You can get stationary meteors - they're called 'point source meteors' and occur when the meteor is heading straight for you.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby mbklein » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:37 am UTC

The Beta Aquariids haven't been viewable for over 30 years now, having been out-marketed into obsolescence by the VHS Aquariids.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby wizpretz » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:03 am UTC

geospacedman wrote:You can get stationary meteors - they're called 'point source meteors' and occur when the meteor is heading straight for you.


That sounds both awesome and terrifying at the same time.
Also I can't wait to see the Perseids in 3 days! What's the best place to view it? And how do I know I won't be killed by erupting meteors?

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby sbkp » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:01 am UTC

Angua wrote:Can you edit in the alt-text, please?


'tis so edited. Thanks.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby ijuin » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:02 am UTC

Greyjoy wrote:Is there a clever reason that I'm missing for why Dromaeosaurids is out of sequence?


I think it's a paleontology joke referring to fossils being found "out of sequence" (i.e. buried in anachronistic rock strata). For example, if a hole develops in an older rock layer that is later filled with newer material including fossils, then you get what appears to be a fossil embedded in a rock that formed before the fossil itself existed (e.g. Cretaceous fossils in a Triassic rock layer). Young-Earth proponents often point to this jumbling of different-aged materials as evidence that stratiographic dating methods are faulty.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby obarey » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:07 am UTC

50/50 mix of meteors and shooting stars


Lost it at this one. Both accurate and hilarious.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby addams » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:08 am UTC

wizpretz wrote:
geospacedman wrote:You can get stationary meteors - they're called 'point source meteors' and occur when the meteor is heading straight for you.


That sounds both awesome and terrifying at the same time.
Also I can't wait to see the Perseids in 3 days! What's the best place to view it? And how do I know I won't be killed by erupting meteors?

The best place to view it is beside friends.
It may be overcast, take friends.

The last time I watched a shower we were laying down watching.
It was nice. I fell asleep.

Where? Is a good question. With astronomers is very good.
Up high. If you can get up above the clouds. Not in a plane.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby da Doctah » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:15 am UTC

Actually, some meteors do scream, or at least whistle, or whatever you call the sound made by a falling bomb.

And you left out the Annelids. They often stop partway down to ask directions.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Triscopic » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:51 am UTC

I'm saddened that it's missing the Triffids. The only safe place to watch them from is a coma.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby TimXCampbell » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:28 am UTC

Today's strip has (for me) the highest number of chuckles per pixel of any strip I've ever seen Randall do.

P.S. My experience with meteor showers: "Oh, over there, was that one?" (Swivels head) "Oh, I think I just missed one over there!" (10 minute wait, repeat.)

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby kasmeneo » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:47 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:I didn't know meteor showers have names (assuming that's true) but I deduce that exactly none of the notes are the slightest bit serious. As for the names themselves, I have no idea.
rhomboidal wrote:In astronomy, you spend half the time waiting for things, and the other half coming up with names for them.
Wait for it. :D


Molpy up!

I suspected there might be such a thing as inverted showers, but of course that's nonsense too. So the only sort-of serious part is the "Too faint to see without going outside", which is of course true for most astronomic phenomena. Well, unless you have a panoramic window in a remote countryside house and the lights off.

So the Chelyabinsk reference was obvious. Are there any other puns hidden in the dates?

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:11 pm UTC

Quicksilver wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:I didn't know meteor showers have names (assuming that's true) but I deduce that exactly none of the notes are the slightest bit serious. As for the names themselves, I have no idea.
rhomboidal wrote:In astronomy, you spend half the time waiting for things, and the other half coming up with names for them.
Wait for it. :D
The Meteor Shower is small!

You left out "Would not watch again" :mrgreen:
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Wnderer » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:51 pm UTC

ijuin wrote:
Greyjoy wrote:Is there a clever reason that I'm missing for why Dromaeosaurids is out of sequence?


I think it's a paleontology joke referring to fossils being found "out of sequence" (i.e. buried in anachronistic rock strata). For example, if a hole develops in an older rock layer that is later filled with newer material including fossils, then you get what appears to be a fossil embedded in a rock that formed before the fossil itself existed (e.g. Cretaceous fossils in a Triassic rock layer). Young-Earth proponents often point to this jumbling of different-aged materials as evidence that stratiographic dating methods are faulty.


What do you mean out of sequence? They are in chronological order. Last time I checked July 22nd came after July 19th and before August 12th.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby pkcommando » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:01 pm UTC

Wnderer wrote:
ijuin wrote:
Greyjoy wrote:Is there a clever reason that I'm missing for why Dromaeosaurids is out of sequence?


I think it's a paleontology joke referring to fossils being found "out of sequence" (i.e. buried in anachronistic rock strata). For example, if a hole develops in an older rock layer that is later filled with newer material including fossils, then you get what appears to be a fossil embedded in a rock that formed before the fossil itself existed (e.g. Cretaceous fossils in a Triassic rock layer). Young-Earth proponents often point to this jumbling of different-aged materials as evidence that stratiographic dating methods are faulty.


What do you mean out of sequence? They are in chronological order. Last time I checked July 22nd came after July 19th and before August 12th.

I was thinking the same thing until I saw explain xkcd:
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Apparently, it was a different date that has since been corrected(?).
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Whizbang » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:34 pm UTC

You may have seen a meteor shower, but I bet you've never seen a shower "meatier" than this.

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Sorry... I couldn't resist.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby bigchiefbc » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:42 pm UTC

Every time I've tried to see a meteor shower, I basically ended up seeing nothing. The only thing I hate about living in this part of the country is the atrocious amount of light pollution. And it is a many many hour drive to get away from it.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby cjm » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:45 pm UTC

I enjoyed this comic quite a lot, one of my favorites in a while.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby meh » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:00 pm UTC

Finally, the answer to Time's 1966 question:

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:37 pm UTC

bigchiefbc wrote:Every time I've tried to see a meteor shower, I basically ended up seeing nothing. The only thing I hate about living in this part of the country is the atrocious amount of light pollution. And it is a many many hour drive to get away from it.


Not if you drive vertically :P
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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Soup » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:49 pm UTC

pkcommando wrote:Apparently, it was a different date that has since been corrected(?).

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Valarya » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:00 pm UTC

meh wrote:Finally, the answer to Time's 1966 question:

Spoiler:
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Postby ZBerg » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:26 pm UTC

Valarya wrote:
meh wrote:Finally, the answer to Time's 1966 question:

Spoiler:
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Heresy. Even though Time has ended... GLR is not dead.

He wasn't even born then....

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Klear » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:39 pm UTC

ZBerg wrote:
Valarya wrote:
meh wrote:Finally, the answer to Time's 1966 question:

Spoiler:
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Heresy. Even though Time has ended... GLR is not dead.

He wasn't even born then....


Huh? There haven't even been Time 1966 yet... latest page is 1355.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby VisionsofAmber » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:53 pm UTC

I was so happy when I found out that Tricuspids was on my birthday (January 21st!) but then immediately realized it was fake.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby Soup » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:55 pm UTC

Maybe they meant TimeFrame 1966. Not a question, but still, inquisitive.
Waiting for it...

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:43 pm UTC

Soup wrote:
pkcommando wrote:Apparently, it was a different date that has since been corrected(?).

Mustard.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby JGeezer » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:08 pm UTC

geospacedman wrote:You can get stationary meteors - they're called 'point source meteors' and occur when the meteor is heading straight for you.


Looks kinda like this:

http://xkcd.com/1229/

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:11 pm UTC

pkcommando wrote:
Spoiler:
Wnderer wrote:
ijuin wrote:
Greyjoy wrote:Is there a clever reason that I'm missing for why Dromaeosaurids is out of sequence?


I think it's a paleontology joke referring to fossils being found "out of sequence" (i.e. buried in anachronistic rock strata). For example, if a hole develops in an older rock layer that is later filled with newer material including fossils, then you get what appears to be a fossil embedded in a rock that formed before the fossil itself existed (e.g. Cretaceous fossils in a Triassic rock layer). Young-Earth proponents often point to this jumbling of different-aged materials as evidence that stratiographic dating methods are faulty.


What do you mean out of sequence? They are in chronological order. Last time I checked July 22nd came after July 19th and before August 12th.

I was thinking the same thing until I saw explain xkcd:
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Apparently, it was a different date that has since been corrected(?).


For those who didn't see it, or need a reminder: it said June instead of July.

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Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Postby brenok » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:16 pm UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:
pkcommando wrote:
Spoiler:
Wnderer wrote:
ijuin wrote:
Greyjoy wrote:Is there a clever reason that I'm missing for why Dromaeosaurids is out of sequence?


I think it's a paleontology joke referring to fossils being found "out of sequence" (i.e. buried in anachronistic rock strata). For example, if a hole develops in an older rock layer that is later filled with newer material including fossils, then you get what appears to be a fossil embedded in a rock that formed before the fossil itself existed (e.g. Cretaceous fossils in a Triassic rock layer). Young-Earth proponents often point to this jumbling of different-aged materials as evidence that stratiographic dating methods are faulty.


What do you mean out of sequence? They are in chronological order. Last time I checked July 22nd came after July 19th and before August 12th.

I was thinking the same thing until I saw explain xkcd:
http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/images/ ... howers.png
Apparently, it was a different date that has since been corrected(?).


For those who didn't see it, or need a reminder: it said June instead of July.


Even if you correct the month, the day is still out of order


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