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    Default Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014



    Late on the evening of 23 May into the early hours 24 May the earth will enter a debris field from Comet 209P/Linear. This has the potential of being a very active shower with estimated hourly meteor rate(ZHR) of 200-400 per hour. In addition, there could be quite a few bright fireballs with this show. This could rival the Perseids and Geminids. Below is a screen capture showing where to look for the showers late on 23 May and into the early morning hours 24 May 2014. Graphics courtesy of Starry Night®(Starry Night Pro Plus) (7) / Simulation Curriculum Corp.
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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    Hi Jeff, yeah I read about this one, they think it could be really good with upto 300 / hr however the peak is thought to be about 7:40UT on the 24th and only last a short period, so like the "blood moon" the other day for us in Europe it's unlikely that we will see anything...
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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Ganders2 View Post
    Hi Jeff, yeah I read about this one, they think it could be really good with upto 300 / hr however the peak is thought to be about 7:40UT on the 24th and only last a short period, so like the "blood moon" the other day for us in Europe it's unlikely that we will see anything...
    Yes, unfortunate that best viewing is from Canada and U.S. Hoping all of the rain breaks by then in my area.

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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    If the sky is clear, I am not bothered what time it is going to be, even if I have to sit out all night.
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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    I shouldn't set my hopes for this event too high. Predictions in recent years for a number of other theorized intense meteor showers have failed to produce any displays of real significance and in many cases, nothing at all! Accurately predicting such events, particularly in terms of their intensity, is still in its infancy and the success rate is low. Outside of the well known Leonids, Perseids, and Giacobinids, plus perhaps the 2007 Aurigids, none of the predicted outbursts that I am aware of actually panned out.

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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    The night sky should be really dark by then with the new moon coming and out of the way. Sounds like I'll have to load up on caffeine and sit up all night. Can't wait. Thanks for the info.
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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    My local astro club/society set up a star party at the dark site for the shower. Hopefully we'll have clear skies and good weather... there's has been a lot of clouds making it hard to view.

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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    Here is small update. Hopefully, this event turns true. VIDEO: Best Meteor Shower in a Decade! Now the weathermen are predicting it, if it is like their weather predictions we may be out of luck! If their 10 day forecast holds true, I am out of luck
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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    Nothing worse in regards to accuracy than to have the weatherman offering insight into a possible meteor shower! These guys have difficulty just getting tomorrow's weather correctly forecasted...and that's their profession! This gent can't even pronouce the constellations name properly...what you get when somebody is just blindly reading material from the tellaprompter. Anyone else recall TWC advising viewers to go out before dawn to witness the grand spectacle of Comet ISON...days after it had already vaporized? Oh, well.

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    Default Re: Meteor Shower Night of 23 May into early hours of 24 May 2014

    Today it appeared in the Dutch "mainstream" media too...
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