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Astronomers, both professional and amateur, are gearing up for the first glimpse of a meteor shower as our planet moves thought the trail of a recently discovered visitor from the stars. Comet 209P/LINEAR was first spotted in 2004, and was first thought to be a large asteroid or minor planet – but as it fell sunwards it began …

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  1. Yag

    Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

    "It may have even existed before the Earth existed, and there it is burning up right in front of you. So you're watching a billions of years journey end right in front of your eyes.”

    Astronomy is probably the best way to get a sense of proportions... Well, screw it, do anyone have a piece of fairy cake?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

      Wait! There's Cake!?

      1. P. Lee
        Coat

        Re: Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

        > Wait! There's Cake!?

        Nope. The cake is a lie.

        1. Fink-Nottle
          Pint

          Re: Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

          > Nope. The cake is a lie.

          O vanitas vanitatum, which of us is happy in his life?

          Which of us has our desire, or having it, is gratified?

    2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
      Happy

      Re: Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

      Sorry, non left. I used my last piece of fairy cake to annoy my wife.

  2. Tom 7 Silver badge

    We've just discovered a link between solar emissions and lightning

    there's one between meteors storms and cloud in my back garden!

  3. Mystic Megabyte
    Alien

    Triffids next?

    The last time this happened everyone went blind :(

  4. Ray Foulkes

    Triffids - your time has come

    Make sure all your triffids are well locked up...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Triffids - your time has come

      Ah, the BBC series of the 80's. The theme music and titles were really scary, my sister used to leave the room. The other thing that sticks in my memory is the bloke from '2.4 children' as Torrence, and what a crap job he did of it too, totally un-threatening as a villan. I read the book many years later, which was short, very dated, but alright. The Howard Keil film though, that was shit.

      1. Steve the Cynic

        Re: Triffids - your time has come

        "I read the book many years later, which was short, very dated, but alright."

        I was amused recently by the thought of the expensive designer flat where Bill and Jo holed up for a while, because it might have cost 2000 pounds in rent for a year, and how that compared to my not-so expensive flat in a village between Oxford and Reading. Well, that and the flat I saw advertised in Finsbury Square (on the City Road north of Moorgate tube) somewhere around 2006. The rent? About 800 a *week*, or more than 41000 pounds a year.

        Inflation, gotta love it.

  5. psychonaut

    invisible without specialist equipment.

    Like what...a telescope?

  6. MassiveBob

    Meanwhile in the UK

    The MetOffice is forecasting 100% cloud cover and the UK skywatchers are likely to be left disappointed.

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      Re: Meanwhile in the UK

      Situation normal.

    2. Jason 41

      Re: Meanwhile in the UK

      So that answers my next question then

  7. Robert Helpmann??
    Childcatcher

    How close?

    The closest comet 209P/LINEAR will come to Earth is around five million miles...

    So roughly 58,190,648 brontosauruses, give or take?

  8. Cameron Colley

    Why the US time zone?

    At least this time the time zone was explicitly specified so that people in other zones could convert. It would be nice though to have times given in UTC so that there is no room for misunderstanding over DST and other things.

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