October 24, 2014

AstroEvent:The Ursa Minorids; a Meteor Shower in the Making?

A new radiant? (Created by the author in Starry Night).

The general impression that most folks have of annual meteor showers is that they are largely static in nature. Long term trends, however, would suggest that they are slowly evolving, with new streams of debris replacing faint exhausted ones. Did our prehistoric ancestors watch the Perseids every August? Are there historically unknown meteor streams out there? What’s the life span on the average shower? This week, we give you what could be a meteor shower in the making; the Gamma Ursae Minorids. [Read more...]

Astro-Event of the Week, August 5th-11th, 2008: The Perseid Meteors!

   August always meant one thing for me as a kid; the Perseid Meteor shower . Arguably one of the  best, or at least most dependable meteor showers of the year, this shower also has the advantage of occurring in the middle of the northern hemisphere summer, when conditions are conducive to laying out under the stars for long stretches of time. [Read more...]