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michigan best place to see meteor shower
05-19-2014, 11:13 PM #1
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A meteor shower is expected between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. this coming Saturday May 24, 2014. With a large area of dry air in place over the Great Lakes, Michigan may be the best place in the country to view Saturday's meteor shower.

The top graphic shows where I expect clouds to be located at 2 a.m. Saturday. Michigan should be right in the middle of a clear sky pattern. That is great news. We so often miss neat events in the sky due to our cloudiness.

But will the meteor shower be something to stay up late for? Bill Cooke, Lead for NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office says we all have to wait and see. This is the first time earth is going to travel through the debris left behind by comet 209P/Linear. As a result, we don't really know how showy the meteor shower will be. NASA's current thinking is anywhere from no meteor shower to up to 400 meteors per hour. If the meteor shower ends up with the 400 meteors per hour, it would be four times more active than the Leonids and Geminids meteor showers.

Cooke says that earth will actually be traveling through the debris shed from the comet 200 years ago, back in the 1800s. NASA doesn't know how much debris was being produced by the comet then. He also says right now the comet is a poor producer of debris. If the comet was the same way in the 1800s, our meteor show may be a dud.http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2...ce_in.html doubt I will be awake chuckle.gif

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05-19-2014, 11:32 PM #2
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It'll be on the internet the next day chuckle.gif



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