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Sunrise at Spider Rock

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ursid Meteor Shower


Toni Inman has alerted me that the Ursid Meteor Shower, which comes flying out of the little dipper, peaks tomorrow night, the 22nd. It can be fairly tame at 8 to 10 meteors an hour but has been known to pick up steam at times like in 2006. Read about it at the interesting www.spaceweather.com where you can tune into the live Air Force Space Surveillance Feed of the shower if you are lucky enough to be one of the first 1000 listeners.

Also check out the cool video on the site of the owl landing on the astronomer's telescope in remote New Mexico.

Thanks, Toni!

2 comments:

Mark Fortune said...

The Ursids Meteor Shower may be stronger this year due to the recent passing of the Ursids Parent Comet the 8P/Tuttle which passed Earth in its orbit, January of 2008. Visit my meteor blog for more details meteor showers This shower also is set to peak on December 22 at 4:30 AM Eastern Standard Time.

Blue Heron said...

Thanks very much, Mark - we will definitely check out your blog.