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Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Viewer Writes: Meteor shower

Don't forget to watch the Camelopardalids meteor shower on May 23rd and 24th.Possibly up to 200 per hour will be visible.Not sure of the exact time,but this may actually be a new (to us) meteor shower.


Anonymous said...

It's on a weekend!
From NASA:
"We have no idea what the comet was doing in the 1800s," says Cooke. As a result of the uncertainty, "there could be a great meteor shower—or a complete dud."

The best time to look is during the hours between 6:00 and 08:00 Universal Time on May 24th or between 2 and 4 o'clock in the morning Eastern Daylight Time. That's when an ensemble of forecast models say Earth is most likely to encounter the comet's debris. North Americans are favored because, for them, the peak occurs during nighttime hours while the radiant is high in the sky.

"We expect these meteors to radiate from a point in Camelopardalis, also known as 'the giraffe', a faint constellation near the North Star," he continues. "It will be up all night long for anyone who wishes to watch throughout the night."

Anonymous said...

Will I need a better umbrella if I go ouside during this "shower"???

Anonymous said...

Joe -

If you will host a party at the Albero Ranch during the peak hours, I'll bring my Hubble Telescope Kit!