April 17, 2014

Astro-Event: Prospects for the 2012 Leonids.

Looking northeast at 2AM local.

(Created by the Author in Starry Night).

Thereís one yearly meteor shower thatís always worth watching out for. This weekend, the Leonid meteors are set to peak on November 17th. The bad news is: this is a bad year for this shower; although the Leonids can reach storm levels of +1,000 per hour as last happened in 1998 & 1999, this year the Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) isnít expected to top 15. [Read more...]

Astro-Event: Catching a Good Meteor Shower on a Bad Year.

This weekís astro-event holds a special place in our lifetime of observing memories. In 1998, we deployed to Kuwait (a definite switch of scenery!) from our home station of Eielson AFB, Alaska during an escalation with Iraq that was to become Operation Desert Fox. But to this day, what has stuck in many airmenís minds including my own was not the brush with combat, but seeing the 1998 Leonid meteors from a dark sky site. [Read more...]