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Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Friday Morning

Every year in late October, Earth plows into  a “snow flurry” of dust and small fragments shed by Halley’s Comet during its many passages of the sun. The last time Halley dropped by our vicinity was in 1986, and it’s expected again in 2061. Every time the comet draws near the sun, solar heating boils…
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Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks / Moon Occults Aldebaran Tomorrow Morning

Something tells me I’ll be losing sleep tonight. Not for worrying but for the pleasure of seeing meteors fly out of Aquarius while the crescent moon makes a close pass of Aldebaran at dawn. Every year in late July the Earth passes through a cloud of comet debris most likely shed by 96P/Machholz. The comet was discovered…
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Quadrantid Meteor Shower Brief, Beautiful And Peaks Monday

2016 began with a nice display of the northern lights if you were fortunate enough to have clear skies. Pillars of aurora were briefly visible here in northern Minnesota before clouds moved in. On the heels of that auspicious start, the annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks Monday morning January 4th. It get its unusual-sounding name from the…
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Geminid Meteors Dazzle For The Holidays

Forget about Internet deals, 20% off and 2 for the price of 1. I need some commercial-free enjoyment. You too?  Lucky us. This weekend the annual Geminid meteor shower should put on a splendid show with up to 120 meteors visible per hour from a dark sky site. 100 years ago, the Geminid shower was a modest affair with 20-30…
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Meteor Allure! Leonid Shower Peaks Nov. 17-18

Ah, November. What better time to ease into a reclining chair, look up and enjoy a few flashing meteors. As long as you remember to get up the hour before dawn and dress warmly! The annual Leonid meteor shower will deliver 10-15 meteors an hour when it peaks this coming Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (Nov. 17-18)…
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