Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A new meteor shower?

It could be.

The thing is, most astronomers don't know what to expect.  Back in 2004 a small and dim comet  was discovered by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research project . They named it Comet 209P/LINEAR.
It orbits the sun roughly once every 5 years.

Experts tell us that the debris left behind by the comet on its last go around between 1803 and 1924, may be in the Earth's path. 

If this is correct we should be able to see a good meteor shower this Saturday Morning.
No one has ever seen this before, and if it does take place some areas could see up to 1000 meteors per hour. As usual, for us here with plenty of light pollution, we need to go away from city lights for best viewing.

So set your alarm clocks Friday night, for just before 2 o'clock Saturday morning. For you sky lovers, experts tell us many meteor bursts can happen hours before and after the scheduled event.

Keeping my fingers crossed the astronomers are right on this one.

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