Meteors streaking through the atmosphere leave fine soot that serves as "seeds" for the formation of noctilucent clouds. Credit: NASA

Will You See The Dragon Breathe Fire? Draconid Meteors Peak Oct. 8-9

October nights are a great time to get outside. While you’re watching the summer stars drift off to the west and their replacements — Pegasus, Andromeda and Perseus — trundling up the eastern sky, keep watch for the annual Draconid meteor shower. This wildly unpredictable meteoric display peaks tonight and tomorrow night Oct. 8th and…
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Perseids Put On A Thrilling Show … And They’re Not Done Yet

I’m hoping you all had a chance to spy some Perseids this week. If weather was a problem, take heart. The shower will continue, although with reduced numbers, over the next several nights. Thunderstorms visited my neck of the woods for last night’s peak activity, but the sky cleared just in time this morning (3:30 a.m.)…
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The Fabulous Perseids Peak This Week

Are you ready for the year’s most relaxing meteor shower? Me too. The annual Perseid shower peaks Wednesday night – Thursday morning (August 12-13) when up to 50-100 meteors will flash by per hour. No telescope needed, not even a pair of binoculars. Meteor showers are for everyone no matter your skill level. The only requirements are…
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Spectacular Fireball Over Pittsburgh / Juvenile Moon Alert

Pittsburgh fireball February 17 A fireball meteor at least as bright as the full moon flared over the Pittsburgh region around 4:50 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday morning. The object, detected by three NASA meteor cameras, was moving at a speed of 45,000 miles per hour. Based on its brightness, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office estimated the object at 2…
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Weekend ‘Quads’ Meteor Shower A Case Of Bad Timing … But Have Faith

It will take determination to see the annual Quadrantid meteor shower this weekend especially for U.S. observers. The annual blizzard of meteors – up to 120 per hour – rivals the Geminids and Perseids. Sadly, it has a very narrow peak that occurs around 8 p.m. (CST) Saturday night Jan. 3, just one night before…
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