Comet Halley Chaff Sparks Weekend Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

It’s back! The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower reaches maximum Saturday morning (May 6) in the hour or two before the start of dawn. That means getting up to look around 3-3:30 a.m. for the best view. An ungodly time to be sure, but since it’s Saturday, we can make it up by sleeping in. Rates…
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Take A Lyrid Meteor Shower Tonight / Astronomy Day!

Tomorrow morning (April 22), the annual Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak! This medium-strength stream typically delivers about 10-20 meteors per hour from a point in the sky near the bright star Vega. We’ve been showerless since the Quadrantids in early January, and the Lyrids arrive at a most welcome time of year. The warmer weather will…
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A New Take On Why We Hear Meteors

Have you ever seen a super-bright meteor and at the same time heard hissing or rustling sounds? Some people claim to hear the sizzle of a bright fireball, comparing it to the sound of frying bacon. I’ve never heard any sounds associated with bright fireballs. Then again, I’ve never seen one that’s approached the moon…
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Fireball! Interplanetary Visitor Heads For Lake Michigan

A meteor seen across Wisconsin and northern Illinois was recorded by a camera on the roof of the Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences Building on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison earlier this morning. At 1:25 a.m. today a massive green fireball seared the sky over the U.S. Midwest sparking hundreds of eyewitness reports and…
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Resolve To See The Quadrantid Meteor Shower

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time under the stars in 2017, you’ll have motivation to do so as soon as Tuesday. That morning, the Quadrantid (kwah-DRAN-tid) meteor shower will peak between 4 to about 6 a.m. local time just before the start of dawn. This annual shower can be a rich…
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