August 31, 2014

AstroEvent of the Week: 22.06.09: Will the June Bootids Perform?

Bootids.

Looking towards the Zenith-north at +30 Latitude at about 10PM to Midnite. (Created in Stellarium and Paint).

This weeks’ event is a total wild card. Most years, the meteor shower known as the June Bootids warrants nary a second thought, as rates tend to hover around 10 per hour on or around the morning of June 27th. However, this shower is notoriously unpredictable; showers in 1998, 2004 and even as far back as 1916 have produced outbursts in excess of 100 per hour. Predictions this year run the gamut; no large swarm is forecast to intersect the Earth’s orbit, favoring instead 2010. [Read more...]

AstroEvent for the week of June 30th-July 7th, 2008.

And now for a difficult challenge… 

I give you a New England Occultation.

Occultation.

A Star about to be Occulted by a an Asteroid: A Simulated View.

(Don’t expect the Asteroid to be visible!) 

 First up, I’d like to apologize for the short notice on this week’s featured event, which occurs seconds before midnight tonight June 30th over New England and the Canadian Maritimes. [Read more...]