Well – here’s hoping for something spectacular and not another damp squib like Ison!
Less than two weeks to wait and see now.
New ‘Meteor Storm’ from Comet May Light Up Night Sky This Month
Skywatchers have something exciting to look forward to this month — a possible new meteor shower that could send up to 1,000 shooting stars per hour streaking through the sky.
On May 23 and May 24, Earth should plow through debris shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR, astronomers say. These extraterrestrial particles could give stargazers an incredible show as they burn up in the planet’s atmosphere — or the anticipated fireworks may fizzle out.
On 24 May 2014 a new meteor shower is predicted to light up northern hemisphere night skies. As many as 300 meteors per hour are set to streak across the sky in what could be a short-lived one-off meteor storm when Earth passes through the debris stream left over by Comet 209P/LINEAR. Peak meteor activity is forecast for around 07:40 UT (08:40 BST) on the morning of Saturday 24 May, which does not favour UK observers as the Sun will already have risen. But while observers in North America will have the best view Paris Observatory’s Jeremie Vaubaillon, co-discoverer of the new meteor shower, suggests that activity could last a few hours due to the spread of Comet 209P/LINEAR’s debris. UK stargazers might therefore still be able to catch a glimpse of the beginnings of the 24 May meteor shower just before it gets light on the Saturday morning.
22 thoughts on “Upcoming May Meteor Storm From 209P/LINEAR”
Thanks for that. Will try to remember the date.
I’ve added a NASA video about the upcoming shower to the main post at the top of the page.
Here’s Hoping Sqounk…
Since it’s been Damp Squib heaped upon Deed Squid,
All the let downs… Ison, and Aurora… Hoping too for a good NLC period.
( Yo Mary…Cos i know you are a curious one…Some NLC info for ya – http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Noctilucent%20Clouds.html )
I remember an awesome Shower from the Dark Skies of a Loch island…we sat out watching the The Perseids, for hours..One August night…many moons ago.
And the added chance of Moon and Venus rising.. Kool… Cheers for the video.
Foto interlude time…. some NLC pics from the last 3 or so years – All taken in Port Glasgow area
Here is a nice Type III Sand Ripples , or Waves.
Here is a nice A for ( Alcanon ) Type… with the Bright star Capella center Left
Off to bed..car due in garage at 8 / 9am….
That’s from 4 in the morning until 8 UK time.
After a day of overcast sky the sun has just come out prior to setting. Maybe I will get some breaks in the cloud to look for meteors tonight!
Unexpected minor magnetic storm. Very slight chance for Aurora visibility in UK (if storming picks up further) tonight as well!
Total Cloud cover Alcanon… And effin Freezin cold in some places …
have you heard how the new shower went ?
Anyhoo… here be a wonderful wee thought provoking video – Brand new From Pink Floyd –
Anything to report this time? Do hope so.
The weather in the SE on this Bank Holiday Monday is dire. Quite chilly and very damp as the showers move away north east.
Solar energy not enough for our solar panels, beware of draining the sun. Will republicans want to tax sunlight?
That was an amusing read 🙂
Meteor shower wasn’t very active so we didn’t really miss anything under all that cloud.
“Solar energy not enough for our solar panels, beware of draining the sun.”
I don’t dismiss this Nevermind. I think the same about tapping into the fiery core of the earth. Eventually there will be no warmth left. Perhaps not in my lifetimes.
John Goss, the article’s a spoof; solar panels make no sensible difference to the Sun. The Earth is heated internally by nuclear decay; it was discussed on The General Discussion Thread. 3 Terrawatt is about equivalent to a thousand nuclear power stations:
Two X Flares today so far. Appear to be from region just rotating into view
Images from http://solarham.net/
There’s just been a filament eruption on the Sun – looks like it may have an earth directed component. See the last 5 seconds or so of video below.
Awaiting Corona Imagery for more details.
OK. NOW they tell us. NASA ! (dum dum,.. dum dum dum) what is good for?
What IS it good for? 🙂
NASA did actually talk about it at the time – . I recall discussing it on another forum. Real time data was being fed for all to see live and people were commenting that it it was lucky not to be earth-facing.
Here’s what NASA said about it in 2012.
And here’s the STEREO imagery from the time along with the CME simulation released that day.
I imagine it will be back in the news on the anniversary next year as well. That’s if a CME doesn’t get us all first!
Here’s what spaceweather.com said at the time
It should also be noted that STEREO-A, which took a direct hit, survived. Still I’d have got the candles out just in case had it been heading our way at the time…
Thanks AA. I guess we can rely on them after all. :0
Nope…Am ok at Craig’s
Ben,, Clark… Squonk,,,,, Thank yas All
nevermind hard luck man..Good fight
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